1LT William F.B. Morris

1LT William F.B. Morris

Cheyenne County, Kansas, USA
Death 8 Sep 1942 (aged 27)
Papua New Guinea
Burial Lemay, St. Louis County, Missouri, USA
Plot SECTION 78 SITE 1009F-H
Memorial ID 8373826 · View Source
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World War II US Army Air Corps Veteran. He enlisted in the US Army Air Corps in January 1941, serving as a First Lieutenant, Navigator on heavy B-17 Bombers. During the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, his U.S. Army Flying Fortress was shot down but all survived. On a mission September 8, 1942, against the Japanese, his bomber was damaged and crashed on Rendova Island, off New Guinea. The bodies of the crew were unrecognizable and were buried by natives before the wrecked bomber was discovered by the Army. The entire crew, was then accounted for by their identification tags and that number of bodies were recovered. He was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart and his ship and crew were decorated for meritorious service.

***Information provided by patootie (#47974602)--was a B-17 navigator during WWII, assigned to 11th BG 42nd BS - KIA on 8 sept 1942, flying aboard 41-9071 "Stingaree"***

NARA War Department records list this soldiers Home of Record as Yuma County, Colorado...Finding Of Death...Re-interred on 03/07/1950.

***My deepest appreciation to John "J-Cat" Griffith (#46568383) for the transfer of this memorial to my care***

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  • Maintained by: Eric Ackerman
  • Originally Created by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
  • Added: 10 Feb 2004
  • Find a Grave Memorial 8373826
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 1LT William F.B. Morris (5 Oct 1914–8 Sep 1942), Find a Grave Memorial no. 8373826, citing Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, St. Louis County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Eric Ackerman (contributor 48445240) .