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William Alge Dalton


Killed in mid-air collision with another US aircraft. #44-6584 Killed in Action (KIA). Plane #44-6584 involved in accident on return. In Brussels area, plane flown by 2nd Lieutenant Hueter of 327th encountered prop wash and dropped into Schmidt's plane. Both planes spiraled down with Schmidt's plane breaking into 3 pieces. 1 parachute exited the plane. S/Sergeant Edward W. Bartley was the only survivor.

Awards: AM w/ Oak Leaf Cluster, DFC, PH.


Units served with

  • 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    The 92nd Group sometime after arrivial in the UK converted to the role of in-theater combat crew indocrination and training. For this role, the Group traded its B-17F complement and obtained the B-17E, mostly from the 97th BG which was departing for...

  • 327th Bomb Squadron


  • 44-6584

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 16/9/44; Grenier 1/10/44; Assigned 327BS/92BG [UX-D] Podington 9/2/45; battle damaged Chemnitz 3/3/45 with Erwin Schmidt, Bill Dalton, Cletus Brown, Marcus McCrery, Bob Deigan, Chas Ollman, Ray Wold, Dick Fischer (8 Killed in Action);...

Associated Place

  • Podington

    Military site : airfield
    Built originally to accommodate two RAF bomber squadrons, the first USAAF unit to occupy the base was the 15th Bomb Squadron in September 1942. Podington was then used as a satellite for nearby Chelveston. Work to lengthen the runways, although this...


Event Location Date
Born Greenwood S C 3 May 1924
Died 3 March 1945
Buried Asheville, NC, USA


Date Contributor Update
16 August 2021 17:17:00 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Added punctuation in the "Summary biography" to aid readability.

Date Contributor Update
04 May 2020 02:17:56 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Added a "-" to the A/C serial # in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
24 July 2017 10:48:55 Lucy May Changes to events and place associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:27:41 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / brother, Roll of Honor, Combat Chronology Supplement p. 194 92nd Bomb Group (H) Fames Favored Few ISBN 1-56311-241-8 p 49.