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Sgt William L Hammack

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Sgt William L Hammack

Birth
Death 4 Aug 1942 (aged 25)
Burial Tell City, Perry County, Indiana, USA
Memorial ID 57475707 View Source
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U.S. Veterans Gravesites, ca.1775-2006 U.S. Veterans Gravesites, ca.1775-2006
Name: William L Hammack
Service Info.: SGT US ARMY AIR FORCES WORLD WAR II
Birth Date: 20 Apr 1917
Death Date: 4 Aug 1942
Cemetery: Deer Creek Cemetery
Cemetery Address: 6733 Alamo Rd Tell City, IN 47586

B-17E Flying Fortress Serial Number 41-9218

USAAF
11th BG
26th BS
Pilot Lt. Rush E. McDonald, O-417028 (MIA / KIA) TN
Co-Pilot 2nd Lt. John J. Heard, Jr., O-433843 (MIA / KIA) TX
Bombardier Cpl Joseph H. Wood, 6932097 (MIA / KIA) KS
Navigator 2nd Lt. Homer W. Vail, O-433013 (MIA / KIA) MN
Engineer Sgt William L. Hammack, 6983892 (MIA / KIA) IN
Asst Engineer Sgt Richard C. Inman, 6933768 (MIA / KIA) NB
Radio Cpl Leroy Payne, 6923702 (MIA / KIA) AL
Gunner SSgt James E. Briggs, 6151603 (MIA / KIA) MA
Gunner SSgt Daniel L. Cross, 6977309 (MIA / KIA) NY
Crashed August 4, 1942
MACR 16119

Aircraft History
Built by Boeing at Seattle. Assigned to the 11th Bombardment Group, 26th Bombardment Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
Took off Espiritu Santo on a bombing mission against Tulagi. Over the target, attacked by seven A6M2-N Rufe of the Yokohama Kôkûtai. B-17 gunners claimed one shot down another damaged and on fire collided with this bomber over Sealark Channel. Both aircraft crashed into the sea with no survivors. This B-17 was the first aerial combat casualty of the Guadalcanal air campaign.

Memorials
Officially declared dead the day of the mission. The entire crew is memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.

The rest of the flight crew is listed on the web site WWW.pacificwrecks.com.


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