William served as a Captain & Pilot on B-25J #43-27888, 500th Bomber Squadron, 345th Bomber Group, Medium, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.
He resided in Denton County, Texas prior to the war.
He enlisted in the Army on October 31, 1940, prior to the war, at Fort Worth, Texas. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being Single, without dependents.
B-25J #43-27888 took off, with a crew of 5, from San Marcelino Airfield, Zambaless Province, Philippines on a shipping bombing & strafing mission off the coast of Hainan Island, Hainan Province, China.
They were hit & shot down by ground anti-aircraft fire and crashed into the sea off the coast of Hainan Island.
William was declared "Missing In Action" in this crash during the war.
He was awarded the Air Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster and the Purple Heart with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster.
Service # O-552551
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Airmen who perished from B-25J #43-27888:
Blum, Arthur D ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, NY
Simpson, William P ~ Capt, Pilot, OK
Suey, Charles L ~ S/Sgt, Engineer, MI ~ POW
S/Sgt Charles L. Suey (Engineer), Capt. Merritt E. Lawlis (Nav/Bmb), and S/Sgt. Benjamin T. Muller (Radio Operator), all became POW's of the Japanese.
( Bio & Crew Report by: Russ Pickett )