1Lt William Gray Schauffler, III

1Lt William Gray Schauffler, III

Birth
Texas, USA
Death 20 Jul 1943 (aged 22–23)
At Sea
Burial Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines
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Memorial ID 56790900 · View Source
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William served as a First Lieutenant & Pilot on B-25C #41-13153, 390th Bomber Squadron, 42nd Bomber Group, Medium, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Ocean County, New Jersey prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on October 31, 1941, prior to the war, in Trenton, New Jersey. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Architect and also as Single, without dependents.

B-25C #41-13153 took off, with a crew of 6 & 7 other B-25s, from Carney Field, Guadalcanal Province, Solomon Islands on a enemy shipping search mission around Vella Lavella Island, Western Province, Solomon Islands.

The group found and sank Japanese destroyer Kiyonami. B-25C #41-13153 was noted as making a direct bomb hit on the destroyer's magazine which caused it's eventual sinking.

While on the way back to their base B-25C #41-13153 and 3 other B-25s saw what they thought to be Japanese small naval craft and they attacked. However it was later discovered that they were actually U.S. PT boats 164, 166, & 168.

They ended up causing U.S. Navy PT-166 to explode and sink. The PT boats, while returning fire, damaged the engines on B-25C #41-13153 which caused them to crash into the sea. Three airmen were lost on this mission and the other three were later rescued in a life raft by PT-168.

The crew of PT-166 were all able to abandon ship prior to its explosion and all survived.

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

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

Service # O-660593

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Airmen who perished on B-25C #41-13153:

Deutsch, Jerome M ~ 2nd Lt, Nav/Bmb, OH
Lukich, Alexander R ~ 1st Lt, Co-Pilot, OH
Schauffler, William G, III ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, NJ

( Bio & Crew Report by: Russ Pickett )

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  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56790900
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 1Lt William Gray Schauffler, III (1920–20 Jul 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56790900, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by CWGC/ABMC (contributor 6) .