SSgt William Phillip Mings

SSgt William Phillip Mings

Pritchett, Upshur County, Texas, USA
Death 15 Sep 1943 (aged 22)
Paris, City of Paris, Île-de-France, France
Burial Epinal, Departement des Vosges, Lorraine, France
Plot B Row 6 Grave 26
Memorial ID 56374303 · View Source
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Husband of Mary A. Mings & Dad of William P. Mings, Jr. who resided in Valentine, Nebraska.

William served as a Staff Sergeant & Tail Gunner on B-17 "Pat Hand" #42-30607, 337th Bomber Squadron, 96th Bomber Group, Heavy, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Cherry County, Nebraska prior to the war.

William was "Killed In Action" when his B-17, while returning from a bombing run in the Hispano/Suisa complex, was hit by enemy ground anti-aircraft fire and crashed in Central Paris, France during the war.

He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

He was interred, side by side, with six other members of his crew here at the Epinal American Cemetery.

Service # 37261294

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Airmen who perished on B-17 #42-30607 & are interred Side By Side at Epinal:

Heidrich, Clarence B ~ S/Sgt, Right Waist Gunner, NY
Mings, William P ~ S/Sgt, Tail Gunner, NE
Mullin, Vernon C ~ T/Sgt, Engineer, OH
Murphy, Kenneth E ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, CO
Newell, Myron ~ 2nd Lt, Bombardier, IN
Shelden, Fred E ~ T/Sgt, Radio Operator, IL
Young, John E ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, PA

Above Info on Bomber Crew Members being interred "Side By Side" at Epinal submitted by Dwight "Andy" Anderson.

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Airmen who perished on B-17 #42-30607 & are interred in other locations:

Jackson, John H, Jr ~ 2nd Lt, Pilot Observer, MO
Lachterman, David ~ 2nd Lt, Navigator, NY
Orloski, Raymond F ~ S/Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner, PA

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Airmen who became POW from B-17 #42-30607:

Ferrucci, Sol ~ T/Sgt, Left Waist Gunner

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


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