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1Lt William F Williams, Jr

1Lt William F Williams, Jr

Birth
Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, USA
Death 21 Jul 1944 (aged 24–25)
Austria
Burial Epinal, Departement des Vosges, Lorraine, France
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Memorial ID 56376371 · View Source
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William served as a First Lieutenant, 301st Fighter Squadron, 332nd Fighter Group, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He was one of those known as the Tuskegee Airmen.

He resided in Cuyahoga County, Ohio prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on May 22, 1942 in Cleveland, Ohio. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as having completed 3 years of college, being employed as a Architect, and also as Single, without dependents.

He graduated from flight training on June 30, 1943 at the Tuskegee Army Air Field in Alabama. He was deployed to Italy soon after graduation.

During a bomber escort mission to an oil refinery near Linz, Austria, mechanical trouble forced part of the 332nd Fighter Group to return to Ramitelli Air Field in Italy.

Williams, the Flight Leader, and his wingman, 2nd Lt. Robert H. Daniels, Jr, moved to join another part of the group when they ran into thick clouds and were seperated from the rest of the flight. They located three other fighters also within the clouded sky.

The dense clouds forced Daniels and the three other pilots to return to base; Williams was not seen again.

William was declared "Missing In Action" and was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

Service # O-807114

Gravesite Details Entered the Service from Ohio.

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  • Maintained by: Russ Pickett
  • Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 7 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56376371
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 1Lt William F Williams, Jr (1919–21 Jul 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56376371, citing Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial, Epinal, Departement des Vosges, Lorraine, France ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .