Sgt William S Bates

Sgt William S Bates

Birth
Ohio, USA
Death 8 May 1943 (aged 19–20)
Memorial Site* Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines

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Having actually gone "Missing" on the above date, he was not officially declared by the military as being dead until December 17, 1945.

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Son of Mrs. Eva Bates who resided in Catskill, New York.

William served as a Sergeant & Tail Gunner on B-17F "Fighting Swede" #41-24520, 63rd Bomber Squadron, 43rd Bomber Group, Heavy, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Greene County, New York prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on July 17, 1941, prior to the war, in New York City, New York. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Actor and also as Single, without dependents.

B-17F #41-24520 took off from Jackson Drome, Central Province, Papua New Guinea on a reconnaissance mission over Madang Province, Papua New Guinea.

They later reported, via radio, that they were 50 miles north of Madang Province. They were not heard from and did not return to base. The entire crew of 10 was lost on this mission.

William was declared "Missing In Action" on this mission during the war.

He was awarded the "Distinguished Flying Cross", Air Medal, and the Purple Heart.

Service # 12031947

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Airmen who perished on B-17F #41-24520:

Bates, William S ~ Sgt, Tail Gunner, NY
Beerwert, Dilman J ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, IN
Goodwin, Frank D, Jr ~ Pfc, Photographer, TN
Kachigian, Charles ~ T/Sgt, Engineer, PA
Keatts, Robert N ~ Maj, Pilot, ID
Mannion, John T ~ Corp, Radio Operator, NY
Murnane, John P ~ 1st Lt, Navigator, NY
Parker, Bernard E ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, KS
Tennant, Richard G ~ M/Sgt, Bombardier, WV
Ward, William E ~ 1st Lt, Co-Pilot, CA

( Bio & Crew Report by: Russ Pickett )

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  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 56751017
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Sgt William S Bates (1923–8 May 1943), Find a Grave Memorial no. 56751017, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by War Graves (contributor 6) .