Dunham, William Douglas, Brig Gen

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Brigadier General
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
2-General Officer
Last AFSC Group
Special Identifiers
Primary Unit
1946-1946, AAF MOS 2120, 464th Army Air Force Base Unit
Service Years
1941 - 1970
Brigadier General

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Home State
Washington
Washington
Year of Birth
1920
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Nezperce, Idaho
Last Address
Not Specified

Date of Passing
Mar 03, 1990
 
Location of Interment
Sunset Hills Memorial Park - Bellevue, Washington
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Air Force Commander Air Force Retired


 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal Air Ace American Fighter Aces Congressional Gold Medal


 Military Association Memberships
American Fighter Aces Association
  2015, American Fighter Aces Association


 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He was credited with 16 aerial victories in the South Pacific during WWII and went on to a distinguished career in the USAAF and USAF.

Synopsis of his DSC citation:
Awarded for actions during World War II
(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Major (Air Corps) William Douglas Dunham (ASN: 0-432289), United States Army Air Forces, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-38 Fighter Airplane in the 460th Fighter Squadron, 348th Fighter Group, FIFTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 7 December 1944, in the Southwest Pacific Area. On this date Major Dunham shot down FOUR enemy aircraft in a single engagement. Major Dunham's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 5th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 28 (1945)

Action Date: December 7, 1944

Service: Army Air Forces

Rank: Major

Company: 460th Fighter Squadron

Regiment: 348th Fighter Group

Division: 5th Air Force
   
Other Comments:
Sources:
www.af.mil/AboutUs/Biographies/Display/tabid/225/Article/107188/brigadier-general-william-d-dunham.aspx
www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi
http://valor.militarytimes.com/recipient.php?recipientid=6074
Models & illustrations of his P-47's:
www.network54.com/Realm/modeleral/P47D.html
forums.ubi.com/showthread.php/182402-Pacific-P-47Ds-of-William-Bill-Dunham-Forums
 
   
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 Unit Assignments
Aviation Cadet Flight School53rd Fighter GroupI Fighter Command342nd Fighter Squadron
348th Fighter Group460th Fighter-Interceptor SquadronAir Force Bases/ Installations
  1941-1941, AAF MOS 770, Aviation Cadet Flight School
  1941-1942, AAF MOS 1055, 53rd Fighter Group
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 1055, I Fighter Command
  1942-1944, AAF MOS 1065, 342nd Fighter Squadron
  1942-1945, AAF MOS 2161, 348th Fighter Group
  1944-1944, AAF MOS 1065, 460th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron
  1945-1946, AAF MOS 2161, 348th Fighter Group
  1946-1946, AAF MOS 2120, 464th Army Air Force Base Unit
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)
  1944-1944 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/Air Offensive Campaign Japan (1942-45)
  1945-1945 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/Western Pacific Campaign (1944-45)
 Colleges Attended 
University of Idaho
  1937-1940, University of Idaho
 My Aircraft/Missiles
P-40 Warhawk/Kittyhawk  P-39 Airacobra  P-47 Thunderbolt (Jug)  P-51/F-51 Mustang  
  1941-1942, P-40 Warhawk/Kittyhawk
  1942-1942, P-39 Airacobra
  1942-1942, P-47 Thunderbolt (Jug)
  1945-1946, P-51/F-51 Mustang
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