SSgt William Arthur Stearns

SSgt William Arthur Stearns

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Death 13 Feb 1943 (aged 24)
At Sea
Burial Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines
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Memorial ID 56791252 · View Source
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William served as a Staff Sergeant & Engineer / Gunner on B-24D #41-23980, 424th Bomber Squadron, 307th Bomber Group, Heavy, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Payne County, Oklahoma prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on October 15, 1940, prior to the war, at Fort MacArthur, San Pedro, California. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed in the building of aircraft and also as Single, without dependents.

B-24D #41-23980 was 1 of 6 B-24's that took off from Henderson Field, Guadalcanal Solomon Islands on a bombing mission to attack enemy ships in the Shortland Island, Western Province, Solomon Islands & Buin, Bougainville Province, Papua New Guinea area.

Over Shortland Harbor they were hit by anti-aircraft fire and exploded and crashed. The entire crew was lost in this crash.

William was declared "Missing In Action" in this crash during the war.

He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

Service # 19049588

William also has a "Cenotaph" in the Evergreen Cemetery, Fayetteville, Arkansas.
( see photo at right )
" Click Here " for that record.

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Airmen who perished on B-24D #41-23980:

Barton, Theodore ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, TX
Battersby, Hiram E ~ 2nd Lt, Bombardier, PA
Beaupre, Elmer J ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, IL
Boyer, Elbert H ~ Sgt, Gunner, MI
Eilts, Leo J ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, NE
Meigs, Hiram W ~ T/Sgt, Radio Operator, AL
Radford, George G ~ 2nd Lt, Navigator, ID
Stearns, William A ~ S/Sgt, Engineer, OK
Trager, George K ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, KS

( Bio & Crew Report by: Russ Pickett )

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  • Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56791252
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for SSgt William Arthur Stearns (27 Nov 1918–13 Feb 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56791252, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by War Graves (contributor 6) .