Allen, William H., Jr., TSgt

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Last Rank
Technical Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 755-Radio Operator, Army Air Force
Last AFSC Group
Signal (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1944-1944, AAF MOS 755, 349th Bomb Squadron
Service Years
1942 - 1944
USAAFEnlisted Collar Insignia
Technical Sergeant

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
349th Bomb Squadron
United Kingdom

Casualty Date
Jun 12, 1944
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
English Channel
World War II
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Ardennes, Belgium
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Walls of the Missing

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United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)100th Bombardment Group, Heavy349th Bomb Squadron
  1942-1943, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1944-1944, AAF MOS 755, 100th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1944-1944, AAF MOS 755, 349th Bomb Squadron
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1943-1944, B-17 Flying Fortress
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Last Known Activity
William H. Allen, Jr. was born in Bastrop, Texas on July 29, 1923 to William H., Sr., and Elma Allen. Both US Censuses of 1930 and 1940 lists the family as residing in Bastrop.

Allen enlisted at Fort Sam Houston, Texas on February 8, 1942. According to his enlistment records, he had completed 4 years of high school. He was selected for flight duty, and trained as an airborne radio operator. He was then assigned to crew training and deployed with this crew, arriving in England in May, 1944. He flew 10 missions.

On June 12, 1944, he was part of the crew ordered to bomb the airfield at Rosieres/Dunkirk, France. As the formation crossed the French coast, flak batteries began firing. Several shells hit the aircraft, imparting fires, severe damage, and rendering ditching impossible. The pilot turned back over the English Channel and ordered the crew to nail out. All did so.

Mine sweepers working in the Channel were able to rescue but three of the crew. Al others were lost. One of the rescued died later of exposure and shock. TSgt William H. Allen, Jr. is memorialized today on the Walls of the Missing in the Ardennes American Cemetery in Belgium.
US Census 1930
US Census 1940
NARA Enlistment Records



SSgt William H. Allen, Jr. was acting as radio operator on B-17G # 42-97833, named "Miss Lollipop," assigned to the 349th Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report 6521 was issued for this loss. Crew rosters and personel files establish the crew as:

2 Lt Edward P. McKeague  p
2 Lt Frank A. Ritter  c-p
2 Lt Stelios M. Louros  nav
TSgt Evan B. Peters  togg
Sgt  George H. Penman  eng/tt gun
SSgt William H.Allen,Jr.  r/o
Sgt  James L. Swafford  btg
SSgt Alfred M. Hudnall  lwg
SSgt Robert Gallager  rwg
Sgt  Joseph S. Pellegrino  tail gun

Ranks and grades as of mission date.

Lt Louros and TSgt Peters were replacements for Lt Joseph H. Sievstro and Lt Armand Cardea, respectively.

In the crew photo, Allen is in the front row, at right.

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