Preston, William Nathaniel, Maj

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1055-Pilot, Single-Engine Fighter
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1951-1953, POW North Korea
Service Years
1942 - 1953

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Silver Springs, Wyoming County
Last Address
Taegu AB, South Korea
Batavia, New York

Casualty Date
Jun 27, 1967
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Korean War
Location of Interment
Oakwood Memorial Park - Chatsworth, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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Pilot Badge

 Unit Assignments
45th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron67th Tactical Reconnaissance WingPrisoner Of War (POW)
  1950-1951, AAF MOS 1055, 45th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron
  1950-1951, AAF MOS 1055, 67th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing
  1951-1953, POW North Korea
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1950-1953 Korean War
 My Aircraft/Missiles
P-51/F-51 Mustang  
  1950-1951, P-51/F-51 Mustang
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Major William N. Preston served during WWII, initially as an enlisted airman.  He was commisioned in January 1944 as a 2nd Lt..

He served as a fighter pilot in the ETO, and on one occasion was shot down near the end of the War, landing on a German airdrome, though he avoided capture.

In Korea, he was a pilot with the 45th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron , 67th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing flying an RF-51D "Mustang".

Captain Preston's aircraft was shot down by small arms fire on 27 March 1951.  He was taken prisoner of war, and held until 1953. 

He was returned to American military control during Operation Big Switch in 1953.   Returned home in September 1953.  He had been held with notable Frank E. "Pappy" Noel, the Pulitzer Prize winner Associated Press photographer.

He remained in the Air Force....

He passed away in Chino, California on 27 June 1967 at the age of 47.

Capt. William Nathaniel Preston served as an enlisted man in the AAC from 6 January 1942-6 January 1944.  He had enlisted at Fort Niagara, Youngstown, New York on 6 January 1942. Prior to enlistment, he had worked as a publisher for an advertising paper in Warsaw Village, New York (Federal Census 1940).

He received his commission as a 2nd Lt. on January 1944. (from U.S. Army  and Air Force 1948 Register)

He died in California on 27 June 1967.

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