Sharp, William C., Capt

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Last Primary AFSC/MOS
M 1055-Pilot, Single-Engine Fighter
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Primary Unit
1953-1953, Air Proving Ground Center
Service Years
1943 - 1953

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Home Town
Last Address
Eglin AFB

Date of Passing
Jun 21, 1953
Location of Interment
Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery - San Diego, California
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Captain WIlliam C. Sharp had flown as a fighter pilot on combat operations in the CBI.  He flew 25 missions in P-40 and P-51 aircraft.

On 21 June 1953, he and his radar operator serving with the 3200th Fighter Test Squadron, Air Proving Ground Command, Eglin, AFB, Florida were flying an F-94C-LO "Starfire (tail number #50-969) that crashed at Fairfax Field, Kansas City, Kansas.  

They had departed the airfield on a routine training mission for a flight to Scott AFB, Illinois, when the pilot, Capt. William C. Sharp, 34, Cleveland, Ohio, attempted to return shortly after the 1330 hrs. CST take-off. The aircraft  struck a dike short of the runway, hitting 10 feet below the top, and struck and rebounded onto the runway.  The Radar Operator, 1st Lt. Ray P. Tucker, 32, Tipton, Indiana, was killed on impact and the pilot died later of injuries. (The RO, 1st Lt. Tucker, had seen combat in the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre in World War II).  

Captain Sharp was buried in Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, San Diego, San Diego County, California, in Plot: O.   
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 Unit Assignments
Aviation Cadet Flight SchoolChina-Burma-India (CBI)Air Proving Ground Center
  1943-1943, Aviation Cadet Flight School
  1944-1945, China-Burma-India (CBI)
  1953-1953, Air Proving Ground Center
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1945-1945 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/Western Pacific Campaign (1944-45)
 Colleges Attended 
University of California, Los Angeles
  1945-1947, University of California, Los Angeles
 My Aircraft/Missiles
P-40 Warhawk/Kittyhawk  P-51/F-51 Mustang  F-94 Starfire  
  1943-1944, P-40 Warhawk/Kittyhawk
  1944-1945, P-51/F-51 Mustang
  1953-1953, F-94 Starfire
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