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Taffy J Williams

Military

Killed in Action (KIA) on supply mission to aid the 17th US Airborne during Operation Varsity. The plane was hit by groundfire shortly after dropping the supplies. The planes flew at 300 ft and after being hit the B-24 nosed straight down into the ground and exploded. All the crew was killed instantly.

Technical Sergeant Taffy J. Williams was born June 20, 1924. His next of kin were his parents, James and Rosa Williams. He was from Concord, North Carolina.
On March 24, 1945, he was serving as the Radio Operator aboard “The Old Veteran,” B-24 tail #42-95240, of the 389th Bomb Group, 564th Bomb Squadron, when it went down over Wesel, Germany. The entire crew was killed in the crash.
He is buried in the US Military Cemetery at Margraten, Holland.

Service

Units served with

  • 389th Bomb Group

    389th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 389th Bomb Group, known in more familiar terms as "the Sky Scorpions", flew strategic bombing missions in B-24 Liberators from Hethel, England. They also sent detachments to join bases in North Africa at Benghazi No. 10, Libya, between 3 July 1943...

  • 564th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-95240

    B-24 Liberator
    On supply mission to aid the 17th US Airborne during Operation Varsity. The plane was hit by ground fire shortly after dropping the supplies. The planes flew at 300 ft and after being hit the B-24 nosed straight down into the ground and exploded. All...

Associated Place

  • Hethel

    Military site : airfield
    Construction of Hethel airfield began in 1941, and was finished in late 1942. The number of hardstandings was increased from the planned 36 to 50 in 1942, in order to accommodate a full heavy bomb group. The 320th Bomb Group occupied the base for ten...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Concorde, North Carolina 20 June 1924

Technical Sergeant Taffy J. Williams was born June 20, 1924. His next of kin were his parents, James and Rosa Williams. He was from Concord, North Carolina.

Died Wesel, Germany 24 March 1945

On March 24, 1945, he was serving as the Radio Operator aboard “The Old Veteran,” B-24 tail #42-95240, of the 389th Bomb Group, 564th Bomb Squadron, when it went down over Wesel, Germany. The entire crew was killed in the crash.

Buried Netherlands American Cemetery

He is buried in the US Military Cemetery at Margraten, Holland.
Plot D Row 1 Grave 25

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 July 2017 10:16:08 Lucy May Changes to service number, biography, awards, events and place associations
Sources

https://abmc.gov/node/533339#.WXXIdhuWzcs

Date Contributor Update
01 March 2015 03:04:59 WW2 Researcher Bill Beigel Changes to biography, events and aircraft associations
Sources

IDPF and/or crash report researched by Bill Beigel. IDPF donated to American Air Museum by Bill Beigel. For more information about this flyer, you may contact http://ww2research.com.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:25:33 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / taffy williams website

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