William Loren Dickerson

William Loren Dickerson

Birth
Death 24 Mar 1944 (aged 22)
Burial Carroll County, Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 60702735 · View Source
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PVT, William Loren Dickerson
Hometown: Virginia
Unit: 1121st Quartermaster Company, Aviation
Service #33210046
Date Lost: 24-Mar-44
US ARMY AIR FORCES WORLD WAR II

The Yelden crash is extensively documented within Bill Donald's book JOHN BURN ONE-ZERO-FIVE.

This ship was a radar equipped PFF (Pathfinder) and was designated to be flown by another crew of the 401st BG as lead ship in the mission to Schweinfurt. Pilot Sellers and his crew were to fly the plane from their base at Chelveston, across to the 401st BG at Deenethorpe during the early morning hours of the 24th. The ship would then have been flown by an experienced PFF crew on the mission to Schweinfurt. However the B17 crashed on take off near the village of Yeldon England, she was fully loaded with both fuel and bombs ready for the next day's mission. 21 people perished in the incident, including the crew of 11 and 8 servicemen of the 1121 Quartermaster company barracked in the village. Two civilian children, Edwin Keith and Monica Ruth Phillips were killed in their
families bungalow.
(Contributed by jcdowdy_2000@yahoo.com)



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  • Created by: Ron Stewart
  • Added: 27 Oct 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 60702735
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Loren Dickerson (8 May 1921–24 Mar 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 60702735, citing Largen Cemetery, Carroll County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Ron Stewart (contributor 47046011) .