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William Warren Wade


War correspondent for the International News Service. Wade was one of 8 journalists chosen to fly missions with the 8th Air Force. In February 1943 he joined the Writing 69th and underwent a week long extensive training course to prepare for a bomber mission. On 26 February 1943 he joined the crew of a bomber on their mission to Wilhelmshaven, Wade's aircraft suffered engine trouble and was forced to turn base. Wade ran the story "This Local Boy Didn't Make Good" in his college newspaper in Minneapolis. Another journalist Robert Post was killed in action during the mission, putting a stop to journalists flying aboard bombers. Still Wade was determined to fly a bombing mission- he lost the opportunity to fly with the RAF in a coin toss with fellow journalist Lowell Bennett (who was shot down at taken prisoner of war), but on D-Day he flew with a B-26 Marauder crew.

Following the War Wade remained in London and studied at London School of Economics. On his return to the US in the 1950s he became editor for the Voice of America before retiring in 1984.


Units served with

  • The Writing 69th

    The Writing 69th

    In February 1943 the Eighth Air Force sponsored a group of eight civilian and military journalists to undergo training to fly missions aboard bombers for promotional purposes. A week long training session took place at Bovingdon, where the journalists...


  • VIII Bomber Command 37

    26 February 1943
    After 10 days of weather related delays of the bomber offensive, a mission is organised with the port facilities of Emden, Germany as the primary target. However, Emden is obscured by cloud cover and all formations divert to attack the port facilities...


Event Location Date
Born Manhattan, New York, NY, USA 1918
Died 29 March 2006


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Obituary at SF Gate