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William Alexander Miller Dabney


Killed in Action (KIA). Lost flying with the Kenley Sector in Spitfire 19 August 1942.


Units served with

  • 31st Fighter Group

    31st Fighter Group

    The 31st Fighter Group only flew missions from England between June and September 1942 but during this period they supported the Dieppe raid, the assault on occupied Europe, predominantly by the Canadian army. The attack was forced into early retreat...

  • 308th Fighter Squadron


  • BL338

    Supermarine Spitfire BL338 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory. Delivered to No 8 MU 15-11-41, assigned to 72S 21-11-41, FA Cat CB 14-3-42, to AST, assigned to 308th FS, 31st FG USAAF 5-42, FTR Dieppe raid 19-8-42. MACR 16481.


  • VIII Fighter Command

    19 August 1942
    31st Fighter Group despatches 123 Spitfires in support of the landings at Dieppe, France. 8 are lost. These are the first operations of VIII Fighter Command units under VIII Fighter Command control. ...

Associated Place

  • Atcham

    Military site : airfield
    Atcham, at some remove from other American Air Force bases in Shropshire, was used by USAAF to train pilots from June 1942, several months before the American Eagle Squadrons were combined to form the 4th Fighter Group. Pilots here were mainly trained...


Event Location Date
Killed in Action (KIA) 19 August 1942

Circumstances unknown in Kenley Sector.

Commemorated Neupré, Belgium 1945

Commemorated on the Wall of the Missing, Ardennes American Cemetery


Date Contributor Update
08 December 2017 10:45:08 Changes to middlename

Staunton Virginia News Leader Sept 16, 1942

Date Contributor Update
12 November 2014 21:00:04 Lee8thbuff Changes to events, place associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 12-Nov-2014. Clarification of events and locations.

Date Contributor Update
20 October 2014 18:42:32 Lee8thbuff Changes to middlename, service number, events and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 20-Oct-2014. "Losses of the 8th and 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey; American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC).

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 / Losses of the 8th and 9th AF by Bishop and Hey p. 26, MACR 16481