Sgt William Francis Gilliland

Sgt William Francis Gilliland

Rochester, Fulton County, Indiana, USA
Death 18 Jan 1944 (aged 25)
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 January 16, 1946.

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Husband of Margaret Gilliland who resided in Rochester, Indiana.

William served as a Sergeant & Engineer on C-46 #41-24660, India-China Wing, Air Transport Command, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Fulton County, Indiana prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on November 14, 1940, prior to the war, at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a mechanic and also as Single, without dependents.

He was married sometime after his enlistment.

C-46 #41-24660 took off from Sookerating, Burma on a mission to Yunnanyi, China. They were shot down by a Japanese aircraft. It is unknown where they crashed.

William was declared "Missing In Action" when his C-46 did not arrive at their destination.

He was awarded the "Bronze Star", Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

Service # 15060594

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Airmen who perished on C-46 #41-24660:

Carlson, James R ~ Pfc, Radio Operator, CA
Gilliland, William F ~ Sgt, Engineer, IN
Page, Walter E, Jr ~ 1st Lt, Co-Pilot, NC
Slamkowski, Barney X ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, IN

( Bio & Crew Report by: Russ Pickett )


William Gilliland
Mrs. Margaret GILLILAND of this city has been advised by the War Department that her
husband, Sgt. William GILLILAND, son of the late R. K. GILLILAND has been officially listed
as lost in action near Assam in India when his plane was attacked by Jap Zeroes on Jan. 18, 1944.
Sgt. Gilliland, a member of the Army Ferry Command was transporting supplies from
bases in India to the China front when the fatal attack came. With three companions, he was listed as missing following a radio message to the Assam base that a flight of three Jap planes had engaged them in action. No word has since been heard of them, or their ship, which is believed to have crashed in heavy jungle country.
Bill, as he was familiarly known to his many friends here, was born in Rochester on July
20, 1920. He attended Rochester schools and at the time of his enlistment in November 1941, was employed with his brother, Geiger (GILLILAND], at the Gilliland garage on E. Fourth street.
Besides the wife and brother, he is survived by his mother, Mrs. John INMAN, south of
Rochster, and two sisters, Mrs. Frank ALBER, Rochester, and Mrs. Lyman BAKER, South Bend.
A brother, James GILLILAND, preceded him in death. He was a member of the Rochester IOOF.
Rochester Sentinel
Friday, January 25, 1946


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  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 56760514
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Sgt William Francis Gilliland (20 Jul 1918–18 Jan 1944), Find a Grave Memorial no. 56760514, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by War Graves (contributor 6) .