1Lt William E Ward

1Lt William E Ward

Birth
California, USA
Death 8 May 1943 (aged 25–26)
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. W. E. Ward who resided in Hollywood, California.

William served as a First Lieutenant & Co-Pilot 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 Los Angeles County, California prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on November 4, 1941, prior to the war, in Los Angeles, California. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Manager 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 with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster", Air Medal, and the Purple Heart.

Service # O-725386

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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 56758265
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 1Lt William E Ward (1917–8 May 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56758265, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by War Graves (contributor 6) .