Tyson, William F., SSgt

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 611-Aerial Gunner
Last AFSC Group
Air Crew (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1943-1943, AAF MOS 611, 353rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1942 - 1943
USAAFEnlisted Collar Insignia
Staff Sergeant

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Home State
Year of Birth
Not Specified
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
353rd Bomb Squadron
Oduna, Tunisia

Casualty Date
Dec 08, 1943
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II
Location of Interment
Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery - St. Louis, Missouri
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 82, Site 103A

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
World War II Fallen
  1943, World War II Fallen

 Ribbon Bar

Aerial Gunner Badge

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)301st Bombardment Group, Heavy  353rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1942-1943, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 611, 301st Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 611, 353rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater
  1943-1943 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Tunisia Campaign (1942-43)
  1943-1943 Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)/Operation Strangle
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1943-1943, B-17 Flying Fortress
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
William F. Tyson was born, supposedly in Norriston, Pennsylvania in 1922. His parents were J. Dilmur and Eleanor Tyson. The US Census 1930 shows the family residing in Norriston.

Tyson enlisted in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as a private on October 9, 1942. His NARA enlistment form states he had completed 2 years of high school, and was working as a salesperson.

Selected for flight duty, he was trained as an aerial gunner and assigned to a combat force in North Africa, arriving there in early 1943. He flew at least 20 missions, although he is not believed to be an original member of the Scott crew.

On December 8, 1943, he was part of a bombing raid on the Athens/Celieus Airdrome in Greece. The target was reached, and the bomb run began. According to observers elsewhere in the formation, the aircraft drooped 2 bombs in trail, then the bombs stopped coming out. An internal explosion rocked the ship, and the aircraft fell from formation, turned over, and exploded.

Six parachutes were observed after the aircraft exploded. Six crewmen reached the ground safely, but were captured. The three rear gunners were killed.

Tyson's body was evidently recovered at some time as he now lies in a common grave with his two companion gunners in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St.Louis, Missouri. The grave is at Section 82, Site 103A.

NARA Enlistment Records
US Census 1940


SSgt William F. Tyson was the tail gunner on B-17F 3 42-3137, not named, assigned to the 353rd Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report 1481 was issued for this loss. Mission loading lists show the crew consisted of:

1 Lt Jack A. Scott  p
2 Lt Joe R. Rouselle  c-p
2 Lt Cyril J. Niemic  nav
2 Lt William F. O'Brien  bomb
TSgt Leslie D. Morgan  eng/tt gun
TSgt Howard C. Ross  r/o
SSgt Homer L. Patton  btg
SSgt Dennis E. French  wg
SSgt William F. Tyson  tail gun

Ranks and grades as of mission date.

The three rear gunners were killed; the forward crew was captured and became POWs.

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