Toler, William M., Cpl

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 755-Radio Operator, Army Air Force
Last AFSC Group
Signal (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1945-1945, AAF MOS 755, 427th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1944 - 1945
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Home State
West Virginia
West Virginia
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Glen Alum
Last Address
427th Bomb Squadron
Molesworth, England

Casualty Date
Apr 06, 1945
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II
Location of Interment
At the End of the Trail Cemetery - Clintonville, West Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)303rd Bombardment Group, Heavy427th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1944-1945, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1945-1945, AAF MOS 755, 303rd Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1945-1945, AAF MOS 755, 427th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1945-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Central Europe Campaign (1945)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1945-1945, B-17 Flying Fortress
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Last Known Activity
William M. Toler was born in Glen Alum, West Virginia on March 5, 1922. He graduated from Rupert High School.

He was inducted into the service on November 19, 1943. His enlistment papers state he had completed 4 years of high school, was employed as a skilled mechanic, and confirms nativity.

He was given training as a radio operator, and after the course was completed, assigned to the combat crew of Lt Ley in March, 1945. His first mission was flown on April 6, 1945, to bomb the marshalling yards at Leipzig, Germany. The crew was being given their combat orientation mission with Lt Alderman, an experienced pilot as pilot. Lt Ley flew as co-pilot.

As the aircraft turned from the IP to the bomb run, it collided with another aircraft of the formation. It dropped from formation and exploded. No parachutes were observed.

German troops supposedly recovered eight bodies from the crash scene. These were buried in local cemeteries. After the war ended, Toler's body was returned to the U.S. for burial in the At The End of the Trail Cemetery in Greenbrier County, West Virginia. crews
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Cpl William M. Toler was the assigned radio operator on B-17G #43-38958, nicknamed "Green Hill Belle," assigned to the 427th Bomb Group.

Missing Air Crew Report was issued for this incident, and mission loading lists show the crew as:

2 Lt Melvin Alderman  p
2 Lt Roman M. Ley  c-p
F/O George S. Thomas  nav
2 Lt Howard G. Weinberg  bomb
Cpl Raoul R. Prieto  eng/tt gun
Cpl William M. Toler  r/o
Sgt Don M. Beebe  btg
Cpl Jesse M. Moore  tail gun

No waist gunner assigned.

Ranks and grades as of mission date.

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