Son of Harry F. Frank who resided in Baltimore, Maryland.
William served as a Second Lieutenant & Navigator on B-17G (#42-38015), 338th Bomber Squadron, 96th Bomber Group, Heavy, U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II.
He resided in Baltimore, Maryland prior to the war.
He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on June 11, 1942 in Baltimore, Maryland. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Actor and also as Single, without dependents.
William, and his crew, took off from Snetterton Heath with an assigned target of Romilly-sur-Seine airfield in France. He was "Killed In Action" when his B-17 was shot down by fighters, exploding in mid-air with the bomb load, and crashed near Pisseleux, one mile west of Villers-Cotterets, France during the war.
It was also reported that the aircraft was involved in a mid-air collision with an FW190, which knocked out the No 2 engine and set wing tanks on fire. The FW190 then brushed against another 338th Bomb Squadron aircraft, piloted by Lt Lee Bevers, and exploded.
William was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.
Service # O-685577
Airmen who perished on on B-17G (#42-38015):
Frank, William M ~ 2nd Lt, Navigator, Maryland
Huhtala, Robert J ~ S/Sgt, Radio Operator, California
Kurtzberg, Jacob ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, Pennsylvania
Majeska, Edward F ~ S/Sgt, Left Waist Gunner, New York
McIver, Oscar S ~ S/Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner, Oklahoma
Miner, Robert L ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, Minnesota
Roever, John L ~ T/Sgt, Top Turret Gunner, Wisconsin
Swientoniowski, Walter B ~ S/Sgt, Tail Gunner, New York
Weiner, William C ~ 2nd Lt, Bombardier, New York
( Bio & Crew Report by: Russell S. "Russ" Pickett )