William Warren Wade

Civilian

Object Number - UPL 6992 - War Correspondent William Wade for the International News Service.

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 return to 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 and 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.

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  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 360th Bomb Squadron The Writing 69th
  • Role/Job: War Correspondent
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 427th Bomb Squadron The Writing 69th
  • Role/Job: War Correspondent United Press
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: The Writing 69th
  • Role/Job: War Correspondent
Captain Bernard Thompson of the 387th Bomb Group and War Correspondent Gladwin Hill of the Associated Press, in the cockpit of a B-26 Marauder. Image stamped on reverse: 'Associated Press.' [stamp], 'Passed for publication 8 May 1944.' [stamp] and '319310.' [censor no.] Printed caption on reverse: 'AP War Correspondent Pays A Visit To A Marauder Base "Somewhere In England". Associated Press Photo Shows:- Left, Gladwyn Hill, A.P. War Correspondent sits in the cockpit of a Marauder, right pilot Capt. Bernar
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: The Writing 69th
  • Role/Job: War Correspondent
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: The Writing 69th
  • Role/Job: War Correspondent

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Born

Manhattan, New York, NY, USA 1918-07-15

Died

2006-03-29

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Date3 Jul 2020 01:47:42
Contributorjmoore43
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Updated Born event per info in the U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014 at Ancestry.com.
See: https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=3693&h=7747829…

Date19 Apr 2020 19:02:48
Contributorjmoore43
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Corrected a typo in the "Summary biography".

Date29 Aug 2019 17:09:13
Contributorjmoore43
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Added a connection to Robert Post of "The Writing 69th" group.

Date19 Aug 2019 19:28:22
Contributorjmoore43
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Modified the message in the "Summary biography" section to make more readable.

Date4 Dec 2014 12:19:06
ContributorEmily
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Obituary at SF Gate

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