Willard Horace Land

Military
media-48802.jpeg UPL 48802 Willam H. Land Crew
416th BG - 669th BS - 9th AF
Left to Right: Robert L. Ballinger (G), Willard H. Land (P), Sterling F. Alden (G)

Object Number - UPL 48802 - Willam H. Land Crew 416th BG - 669th BS - 9th AF Left to Right: Robert L. Ballinger (G), Willard H. Land (P), Sterling F. Alden (G)

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Units served with

An A-26 Invader (F6-P, serial number 43-22330) nicknamed "For Pete's Sake" of the 416th Bomb Group prepares for take-off at Mount Farm. Image by Robert Astrella, 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group . Written on slide casing: '416 BG Mount Farm.'
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Ninth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 416th Bomb Group 669th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 11100558
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade)
  • Role/Job: Aerial Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 416th Bomb Group 669th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 36165081
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade)
  • Role/Job: Aerial Gunner/Togglier

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: A-20 Havoc
  • Unit: 416th Bomb Group
  • Aircraft Type: A-20 Havoc
  • Nicknames: Daddy Land's Commando
  • Unit: 416th Bomb Group 669th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: A-20 Havoc
  • Nicknames: Winsome Winnie
  • Unit: 416th Bomb Group 669th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: A-20 Havoc
  • Nicknames: Denver Darling
  • Unit: 416th Bomb Group 670th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: A-20 Havoc
  • Unit: 416th Bomb Group 669th Bomb Squadron

Places

  • Site type: Airfield
  • Known as: Melun, Alsace

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

McLeod, Texas 21 September 1917
McLeod, Texas 16 October 1940 Worked for Griffin-Mahon Oil Company of Caddo, LA

Enlisted

Dallas, Texas 17 April 1942

Other

First 416th BG Combat Mission

Bonnieres, France 11 April 1944

Other

Final 416th BG Combat Mission

Mayen, Germany 14 October 1944 Flew a 65 combat mission tour

Died

Kerrville, Texas 9 July 2009 Willard H. Land, 91 of Kerrville, Texas, loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away July 9, 2009, at his home of natural causes. Mr. Land was born Sept. 21, 1917, in Cass County, McCleod, Texas, to Jasper and Nellie Land. After attending Belshear High School, he was attending The University of Texas at Austin when World War II broke out. He enlisted as an officer trainee/cadet in the Army Air Corps. He graduated as a 2nd Lt./Pilot in 1943 and flew 65 missions in the medium attack bomber, A-20 Havocs, in the European theater between February to October 1944, where he obtained the rank of first lieutenant. After he completed his tour of duty, he returned to the States, where he trained other new pilots to fly the medium attack bombers, making him truly one of the Greatest Generation. Following World War II, he began a career in the oil and gas industry where he met Margery E. Crowe of Shreveport, La. They married on Dec. 24, 1945, and were together until her death in 1981. They settled in Midland, Texas, where they raised three children: twins boys, Mark and Miles, and daughter, Melissa. After retiring from 37 years in the oil and gas industry, he moved to Marble Falls, where he met and married Minnie Warren, until her death in 1998. He was one of the co-founders in the senior activity center in Marble Falls and president of the Lions Club in 1986-87. He later moved to Kerrville, where he became a member of the German Club and met his longtime companion, Nell Lenard of Kerrville. They enjoyed many years of dancing and traveling together. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Kerrville.

Buried/ Commemorated

Midland, Texas 12 July 2009 Resthaven Memorial Park Midland, Midland County, Texas, USA

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