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William E Booth Jr


Bill Booth was a glider pilot stationed at Barkston Heath, probably as part of the 61st Troop Carrier Group. He took part in Operation 'Market Garden' in September 1944.

He stayed in what became the US Air Force after the war, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel.

He married Georgette Y Hartenstine, who had also served in the US Army Air Corps during the Second World War, and they had a son, William E Booth III.

Their son would go on to join the US Air Force too. He married Doris Ann Klehm in 1972 and they had a son, Eric William Booth, in 1980.


Associated Place

  • Barkston Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Barkston Heath was established as a grass Relief Landing Ground for RAF Cranwell in 1941-43, before being developed with hard runways for RAF Bomber Command in 1943-44. It was used by the transport aircraft of the Ninth Air Force's 61st Troop Carrier...


Event Location Date
Born Riverside, CA, USA 20 April 1919

His parents were and Elizabeth A Maugle.

Graduated from San Jose State College San Jose, CA, USA 1941
Enlisted San Pedro, Los Angeles, CA, USA 23 August 1941

At Fort MacArthur

Married Georgette Y Hartenstine 1942 – 1950

Georgette Y Hartenstine was from Reading, Pennsylvania.

Exact date of their marriage not yet known.

Commissioned as a Flight Officer Lubbock, TX, USA January 1943

At South Plains Army Flying School

Died 3 March 1989

Aged 69

Buried Riverside National Cemetery, 22495 Van Buren Boulevard, Riverside, CA 92518, USA

Section A Site 861

His wife Georgette died the following year and is buried in Site 860.


Date Contributor Update
28 April 2016 13:58:44 Lucy May Changes to biography and events

Article in the 'Spartan Daily' - newspaper of San Jose Stage College:

Date Contributor Update
28 April 2016 13:49:34 Lucy May Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, suffix, nickname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events and place associations

Correspondence with Jean Hart whose uncle met Bill when he was stationed at Barkston Heath and drew a portrait of him.

Bill's NARA enlistment record:

Airborne Troop Carrier roster of airmen who flew in Market Garden mission:

US City Directory for Riverside, CA in 1952 records 'Booth Wm E (Georgette H) USAF'

Georgette's family name:

Georgette's NARA Enlistment record: desc&rpp=50&pg=1&rid=35419&rlst=41129,91029,2592047,3564264,3069084,17544,12314,55262,8023,35419

Mooseroots record:

Findagrave record for Bill:
Findagrave record for Georgette Booth:

'The Pantagraph' of Bloomington, Illinois, articles on 17 and 20 May 1972 - news of the wedding of Doris Ann Klehm of Piper City and William E Booth III that had taken place on Saturday 13 May 1972.