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William E Austin

Military

While serving as a Waist Gunner on B-24D 41-24745 'Katy Bug' his aircraft sustained the failure of two engines and crashed into a tree while attempting an emergency landing at Little Stukeley. 4 crew members were killed. SSgt Austin was uninjured and returned to duty (RTD). The aircraft was salvaged 27-Nov-42.

Killed in Action (KIA) 13-Jun-1943 while serving as a Waist Gunner on B-24J 42-110104. The aircraft was hit by flak which ignited the bomb load and the aircraft disintegrated in mid-air near Caudan, France.

AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH

Service

Units served with

  • 93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bomb Group

    Group
    93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 1-March-1942 at Barksdale Field, Louisiana. On 15-May-1942 the Group moved to Ft. Myers, Florida to continue advanced flight training and also to fly anti-submarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico; they...

  • 328th Bomb Squadron
  • 330th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-110104

    B-24 Liberator

  • 41-23475 Katy Bug

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24D 41-23745 "Katy Bug" was assigned to the 93BG/328BS at Alconbury. On 18-Nov-1942 it was despatched on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. Upon return the pilot strayed out of the landing pattern and was forced to make a go-around...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 21

    18 November 1942
    The U-Boat pens at Lorient and La Pallice, France are the Primary (P) targets for this mission. However, those at St. Nazaire, France are attacked by 21 B-17s of 303BG when they are mistaken for those of Lorient. The force attacking Lorient is composed...

  • 410

    13 June 1944

Associated Place

  • Alconbury

    Military site : airfield
    Alconbury had been constructed as a satellite airfield for RAF Upwood and Wyton and was used by RAF Squadrons: Nos. 15, 40 and 156. In preparation for the arrival of American heavy bombers, the base was developed in 1942 with the runways extended. When...

  • Hardwick

    Military site : airfield
    Planned as an RAF bomber airfield, Hardwick was used first by the 310th Bomb Group, equipped with B-25 Mitchells. In December 1943, the B-24 Liberators of the 93rd Bomb Group moved in, and remained until the end of the war, flying over 330 missions....

Events

Event Location Date
Born Hollywood, California, USA
Killed in Action (KIA) Caudan, France 13 June 1944

Killed when flak ignited bomb load and aircraft exploded near Caudan, France

Buried Saint-James, France 1945

Buried in the Brittany American Cemetery. Plot H, Row 18, Grave 1.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
28 November 2014 22:01:50 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 28-Nov-2014. Edited biography; added Places, Aircraft and Missions; added KIA event per "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces' Stan Bishop & John A Hey MBE; KIA event per MACR 5913. Burial location & decorations per AMerican Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) record.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:27:53 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

ABMC; MACR 5913, Losses of the 8th and 9th Air Forces Volume I by Bishop and Hey p. 47 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 5913 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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