Blaine, William P., 2nd Lt

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Last Rank
Second Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1054-Co-Pilot, Four-Engine Aircraft
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1944-1944, AAF MOS 1054, 352nd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1942 - 1944
Second Lieutenant

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Home State
Year of Birth
Not Specified
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
352nd Bomb Squadron
Lucera, Italy

Casualty Date
Apr 03, 1944
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II
Location of Interment
Zachary Taylor Cemetery, Kentucky
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section E, Site 79

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 Unit Assignments
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)301st Bombardment Group, Heavy  352nd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1942-1944, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1944-1944, AAF MOS 770, 301st Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1944-1944, AAF MOS 1054, 352nd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Anzio Campaign (1944)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1944-1944, B-17 Flying Fortress
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
According to his NARA enlistment records, William P. Blaine was born in Pennsylvania in 1922. No census data or parentage have been found, nor any records concerning his early life.

He enlisted as a private in the Army Air Forces on April 15, 1942. His enlistment papers state he had completed 1 year of college (unnamed), and was working at the time as a garage laborer.

He was selected for flight duty, and given pilot training. When finished, he was awarded wings, commissioned, and assigned to multi-engine aircraft. In 1944, he was assigned to a bomber unit operating from Lucera, Italy. He flew 5 missions.

On April 3, 1944, he was co-pilot on an aircraft assigned to bomb targets at Budapest, Hungary. There is a single page Missing Air Crew Report (4401) in the 301st Bomb Group files, but has only thee aircraft, crew complement, target, route, and the notation that the aircraft was lost to enemy fighters.

On the MACR, the crew roster is annotated to include the status of each man (KIA, MIA, RTD, POW, etc.) This info has been crossed off and another note states there is not enough evidence to conclude any deaths. Research has proven that at least 6 men died in the crash.

Evidently, bodies were recovered, and buried in a known locale. After the war, Lt Blaine was returned to the U.S. and buries in a common grave with Lt Albert T. Ross. This grave is in Section E, Site 79 in the Zachary Taylor National Cemetery in Kentucky.

www.findagrave,com (which state he had completed 4 years of high school.)
NARA Enlistment Records


Lt. William P. Blaine was co-pilot on B-17G #42-39986, not named, assigned to the 352nd Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report 4401 was issued, but as stated, has no details of the loss. No mission loading list is accessible in 301st Bomb Group files, but a crew roster can be established from the MACR. The crew was:

2 Lt Albert T. Ross  p
2 Lt William P. Blaine  c-p
2 Lt John W. Grady  nav
2 Lt Leonard C. Sacks  bomb
SSgt Walter D. Hill  eng/tt gun
SSgt Robert H. Ewell  r/o
SSgt James W. Everett  btg
TSgt  Rex R. Cameron  wg
SSgt William L. Van Sandt  tail gun

Ranks and grades as of mission date.

From other sources, it is believed that 6 men were killed, and 3 taken as POW.

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