1Lt William H Watson

1Lt William H Watson

Birth
Illinois, USA
Death 2 Aug 1942 (aged 23–24)
Indonesia
Memorial Site* Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines

* A structure erected in honor of someone whose remains lie elsewhere.

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Memorial ID 56771877 · View Source
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On August 2, 1942, Watson was the pilot of B-17E #41-2435 assigned to the 5th Air Force, 19th Bombardment Group, 28th Bombardment Squadron. The plane was part of a flight of B-17s searching for a Japanese convoy near Buna. The aircraft was attacked by ten Zeros and shot down, crashing into the Solomon Sea. Several men bailed out, but only one survived. The men were not officially declared dead by the Army until 1946.

Watson was from DeKalb County, IL. He received the Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

Because his body was not recovered, he is memorialized on the Tablets of the Missing.


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  • Maintained by: dfr
  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 56771877
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 1Lt William H Watson (1918–2 Aug 1942), Find a Grave Memorial no. 56771877, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by dfr (contributor 47109209) .