Bates, William David, FltOff

Fallen
 
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Last Rank
Flight Officer
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1055-Pilot, Single-Engine Fighter
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1944-1945, AAF MOS 1055, 4th Fighter Group
Service Years
1942 - 1945
USAAFOfficer Collar Insignia
Flight Officer

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Home State
Alabama
Alabama
Year of Birth
1918
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Elkmont/Cullman, Alabama
Last Address
RAF Debden (USAAF 156), Essex, England

Casualty Date
Feb 06, 1945
 
Cause
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Location
English Channel
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Antioch Cemetery - Elkmont, Alabama
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
334th Fighter Squadron  - Fighting Eagles4th Fighter Group
  1944-1945, AAF MOS 1055, 334th Fighter Squadron - Fighting Eagles
  1944-1945, AAF MOS 1055, 4th Fighter Group
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)
  1944-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Ardennes Alsace Campaign (1944-45)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
P-51/F-51 Mustang  
  1944-1945, P-51/F-51 Mustang
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He was forced to abort from a combat mission due to mechanical problems. He bailed out into the Channel but could not get into his dinghy and rough weather prevented a flying boat from landing. By the time a rescue launch got to him, he was dead.
 
   
Comments/Citation

Sources:
Enlistment record
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=22955652
http://www.4thfightergroupassociation.org/uploads/8/2/0/3/8203817/334_bateswdweb_a.pdf
https://www.americanairmuseum.com/person/227858
https://www.ancestry.com

   
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