Hatton, William J., 1st Lt Fallen
 
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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
M 1092-Pilot, B-24
Last AFSC Group
USAAF
Last Unit
1943-1943, 514th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1940 - 1943
First Lieutenant

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Home State
New Jersey
New Jersey
Year of Birth
1914
 
Casualty Info
Home Town
Whitestone, NY
Last Address
Soluch AAB, Libya


((date of birth is approximate. He was 26 when he enlisted in 1940)).

Casualty Date
Apr 05, 1943
 
Cause
Non Hostile- Died while Missing
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Libya
Conflict
World War II/Other
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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 Unit Assignments
376th Bombardment Group, Heavy514th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1943-1943, M 1092, 376th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1943-1943, 514th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Colleges Attended 
Fordham University
  1936-1940, Fordham University
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-24 Liberator  
  1942-1943, B-24 Liberator
 Combat and Operations History
  1943-1943 Missions/Operations/Various Missions over Italy 1943
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Last Known Activity
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Dedicated to the crew of the B-24-D  "The Lady Be Good" (tail # 41-24301)
 
1st Lt. William J. Hatton, pilot — Whitestone, New York
2nd Lt. Robert F. Toner, co-pilot — North Attleborough, Massachusetts
2nd Lt. D.P. Hays, navigator — Lee's Summit, Missouri
2d Lt. John S. Woravka, bombardier — Cleveland, Ohio
T/Sgt. Harold J. Ripslinger, flight engineer — Saginaw, Michigan
T/Sgt. Robert E. LaMotte, radio operator — Lake Linden, Michigan
S/Sgt. Guy E. Shelley, gunner — New Cumberland, Pennsylvania
S/Sgt. Vernon L. Moore, gunner — New Boston, Ohio  (MIA)
S/Sgt. Samuel E. Adams, gunner — Eureka, Illinois


 
   
Comments/Citation
This profile is dedicated to Lt. William Hatton and the crew of the "Lady Be Good."

On 4 April 1943 the crew of the B-24 aircraft with the name of "The Lady Be Good" (tail # 41-24301) departed from Soluch AAF, Libya on a high altitude attack on the harbor at Naples, Italy.

The crew included
1st Lt. William J. Hatton, pilot
2nd Lt. Robert F. Toner, co-pilot
2nd Lt. D.P. Hays , navigator
2nd Lt . John S. Woravka , bombardier
T/ Sgt . Harold J. Ripslinger, engineer
T/Sgt. Robert E. LaMotte, radio operator
S/Sgt. Guy E. Shelley, asst. engineer/gunner
S/Sgt. Vernon L. Moore, asst. radio operator/gunner
S/ Sgt . Samuel E. Adams, tail gunner

Of the twenty-four B-24s participating in the mission only the "Lady Be Good" failed to return to Soluch or be accounted for. The only contact with the lost crew was a terse radio distress call shortly after midnight on 5 April 1943. The remains of all crew members with the exception of S/Sgt. Vernon Moore were eventually found in the desert in 1960, 440 miles south of their intended destination in 1943.

2nd Lt. Robert Toner's diary survived, as did much of their gear, and broken aircraft, which told the story of their mission and attempt to survive the desert. They walked 85 miles in scorching heat for eight days sharing only one canteen of water.

Lt. Hatton enlisted in the Army in 1940 and served with the 9th Regiment at Virginia Beach, later transferring to the AAF in 1941.

He was initially trained as a pursuit (fighter) pilot and then as a B-17 pilot at Hendrick's Field in Florida. Then he trained with the 34th Bombardment Group at Davis-Monthan Field, Tucson, Arizona where he flew the B-24. He flew out ot the Topeka AAB for North Africa in 1943.
 
   
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