William F. Cornely

William F. Cornely

Williamsburg, Blair County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 12 Jul 1990 (aged 68)
Bristol, Sullivan County, Tennessee, USA
Burial Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania, USA
Memorial ID 88144291 · View Source
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' William Franklin Cornely, 68, of Bristol, Tenn., formerly of Saxton, died July 12, 1990, in the Bristol Regional Medical Center, Bristol, Tenn. Born Dec. 25, 1921, in Williamsburg, Pa., he was a son of the late Jesse and Ruby (Richards) Cornely. He was married, to the former Ruth Treece. Surviving are his wife, at their, home; a daughter, Karen T, Cornely, of Plymouth, Mich.; and a brother, Dr. John F. Cornely, of Osborne, Kansas. A veteran of World War II, having served with the U.S. Army Air Corps, he graduated from Temple University in 1951. He retired as a salesman for Magic Chef air conditioning.
------------------------------------------------------------USAAF WORLD WAR II
Co Pilot Flt/Of. William F. Cornely
Squadron: 68th Sq. 44th Bomb Group
Pilot 2nd/Lt. Vincent Almonia

Target: Test Flight
Mission Date: 28-Jan-45
Serial Number: #42-50349
Aircraft Model B-24
Aircraft Letter: F
Aircraft Name: FLAK MAGNET
Location: Shipdham, England
Cause: Crashed on takeoff
Crew of 9 1KIA

One 68th Squadron aircraft was attempting a test flight on this date, presumably after the operational formation had left for their mission. The runway was slushy from snow.

This aircraft was on takeoff in bad weather, severely cold. Ice built up on wings and fuselage from mist thrown up by previous planes that had taken off, the spray froze on contact with this aircraft, destroying lift. It mushed down after rising to about 50 feet of altitude, and crashed approximately two miles east of field. It caught fire and burned completely.
Sgt. Scott was crushed when the top turret fell from its mounting. Though he was rescued and was still alive, he died on 4 February from his injuries. The other crewmembers sustained minor injuries as well.

2nd/Lt. Vincent Almonia Pilot
Flt/Of. William F. Cornely Co Pilot
2nd/Lt. Michael J. Ferrara, Navigator
T/Sgt. Oscar A. Richardson Engineer
S/Sgt. Robert J. Kirschling Radio Op.
S/Sgt.Norman H. Chamberland Gunner
S/Sgt. Elbert B. Walton Gunner
S/Sgt. Matthew Mankus Gunner

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