Warren, William T., Jr., 1st Lt

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1091-Pilot, B-17
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1944-1944, AAF MOS 1091, 560th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1941 - 1944
USAAFOfficer Collar Insignia
First Lieutenant

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Home State
Year of Birth
Not Specified
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Knettishall, England

Casualty Date
May 25, 1944
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Normandy, France
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot A, Row 20, Grave 39

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)Aviation Cadet Flight School388th Bombardment Group, Heavy560th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1941-1941, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1942-1942, Aviation Cadet Flight School
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 770, 388th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1944-1944, AAF MOS 1091, 560th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1943-1944, B-17 Flying Fortress
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
William Thomas Warren, Jr was born in Louisville, Kentucky in 1918, but he considered Columbus, Ohio his home town. His NARA enlistment record states he enlisted at Fort Thomas in Newport, Kentucky on July 30, 1941, as a private in the Army Air Corps. It also states he had completed 1 year of college (unnamed), was single, and had worked as a semiskilled mechanic

He was accepted into the flight training portion of the aviation cadet program, and took basic, and advanced flying training. Upon completion of this, he was commissioned and awarded wings. He was assigned to an operational unit for indoctrination and training as a pilot on the B-17, and for combat crew formation.

This crew deployed to England where they were assigned to the 560th Bomb Squadron of the 388th Bomb Group. The crew flew 27 missions beginning on March 23, 1944 and ending on May 25, 1944. Four of these missions ended with legal aborts, so the crew was only credited with 23.

On May 25, 1944, the crew set out on its 24th (some sources state 25th and supposedly last mission in the combat tour.) This mission was a raid on the railway marshalling yards at Liege, Belgium. The crew encountered heavy flak in the Poix area. The aircraft received several hits. A fire broke out in the fuselage, and both #3 and #4 engines were on fire. The aircraft went into a tight spin and exploded before it hit the ground. Two of the crew were killed; two successfully evaded with the help of the French Resistance, and the remainder were captured.

Lt Warren's body was recovered and buried in the Normandy American Cemetery in France, where he lies in Plot A, Row 20, Grave 39.

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Lt Warren was pilot and head of the crew of B-17G # 42-107017, unnamed, assigned to the 560th Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report 5262 was issued, and identifies the crew as:

1 Lt William T. Warren, Jr    p
1 Lt C.N. Hildebrandt    c-p
2 Lt Eugene L. McClellan    nav
1 Lt Jerome H. Fontaine    bomb
TSgt C.A. Anderson    eng/tt gun
TSgt Harold P. Smith    r/o
SSgt Russell R. Field    btg
SSgt Clearance F. Peatross   rwg
SSgt S.C. Clayton     lwg
Pfc Arthur I. Luckanish   tail gun

All accounts within 388th BG records indicate SSgt Peatross' name was actually Clearance, not Clarence.

Lts Warren and Fontaine were killed. Lt Hildebrandt and TSgt Smith evaded. The remaining crew were captured.

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