1Lt Willard Garth McCanlies

1Lt Willard Garth McCanlies

Birth
Cisco, Eastland County, Texas, USA
Death 12 Feb 1944 (aged 28)
At Sea
Burial Nettuno, Città Metropolitana di Roma Capitale, Lazio, Italy
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Memorial ID 56311883 · View Source
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Willard served as a First Lieutenant on B-24D #42-72896, 514th Bomber Squadron, 376th Bomber Group, Heavy, U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II.

He resided in Eastland County, Texas prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on February 21, 1942 at Camp Wolters, Texas. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Filling Station Attendant and also as Single, without dependents.

Willard was declared "Missing In Action" when his B-24 was shot down by enemy fire and crashed in the sea near Italy during the war. He was awarded the Air Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster and the Purple Heart.

Service # O-736780

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Airmen who perished on B-24D #42-72896:

Balla, Robert L, Jr ~ T/Sgt, Maryland
Battaglia, Anthony S ~ S/Sgt, New York
Howison, Roy D ~ T/Sgt, Ohio
Long, William E ~ S/Sgt, Washington
Lusk, Roscoe W ~ S/Sgt, Georgia
Martin, Albert O, Jr ~ 1st Lt, Florida
McCanlies, Willard G ~ 1st Lt, Texas
McKinney, Harry P ~ S/Sgt, North Carolina
Rushing, John E ~ 1st Lt, Louisiana
Smith, Douglass A ~ 2nd Lt, Utah

( Bio & Crew Report by: Russell S. "Russ" Pickett )

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Inscription

MCCANLIES, WILLARD G - 1 LT - 514 BOMB SQ 376 BOMB GP(H) - TEXAS


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  • Maintained by: Danny Jones
  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 56311883
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 1Lt Willard Garth McCanlies (30 Apr 1915–12 Feb 1944), Find a Grave Memorial no. 56311883, citing Sicily-Rome American Cemetery and Memorial, Nettuno, Città Metropolitana di Roma Capitale, Lazio, Italy ; Maintained by Danny Jones (contributor 47476713) .