Most, William M., Jr., SSgt

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 755-Radio Operator, Army Air Force
Last AFSC Group
Signal (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1942-1943, AAF MOS 755, 32nd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1941 - 1943
Staff Sergeant

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
32nd Bomb Squadron

Casualty Date
Jan 07, 1943
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 12, Site 4580

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 Unit Assignments
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)301st Bombardment Group, Heavy  32nd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1941-1943, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 755, 301st Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1942-1943, AAF MOS 755, 301st Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1942-1943, AAF MOS 755, 32nd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Egypt-Libya Campaign (1942-43)
  1942-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater
  1943-1943 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Tunisia Campaign (1942-43)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1942-1943, B-17 Flying Fortress
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Last Known Activity
William M. Most, Jr. was born on February 18, 1913 in Kingstroud, Pennsylvania. He was a son of William M. Sr. and Claire Most. The US Census 1930 shows the family living there.

Most enlisted on December 26, 1941 at Salt Lake City, Utah. His enlistment form confirms nativity and birth year. It also states he had completed 1 year of college (unnamed), and was working as an inspector of managerial and official occupations.

He was trained as a radio operator, and then was assigned to the combat crew led by Lt Sloulin in England in 1942. He flew several missions over Europe, mainly France. In October, 1942, the 32nd Bomb Squadron sent several aircraft and crews to North Africa. Most was one of those selected.

After arriving in Algeria, he flew several missions over North Africa. On January 7, 1943, the aircraft took off from the field at Biskra, but crashed shortly thereafter. Evidently, some bodies were recovered. SSgt Most now rests in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia in Section 12, Site 4580.
US Census 1930
NARA Enlistment Forms


SSgt William M. Most, Jr. was the assigned radio operator on B-17F #41-24350, named "Dumbo," assigned to the 32nd Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report 16242 was issued. Mission loading lists name the crew on board as:

1 Lt Wesley C. Sloulin  p
2 Lt Robert D. Olson  c-p
1 Lt Vincent C. Fratalli  nav
1 Lt William R. Crandall  bomb
SSgt Frederick J. Hull  eng/tt gun
SSgt William M. Most, Jr.  r/o
Sgt  Frank Kahl  wg
Sgt Leslie gunner
Sgt Eldon L. Kimmel  tail gun
MSgt William White  pass
MSgt Linus C. Leonhard  pass
MSgt Ted A. Greenway  pass

Ranks and grades as of mission date.

The thee passengers (White, Leonhard, and Greenway were all aircraft mechanics - crew chiefs. Their presence on board is not explained.

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