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William Carl Young


Crashed near Aachen in B-24 'Flak Magnet' #42-50596.



  • Edward Lehnhausen

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Joined Sqd 8/16/44. Killed in Action (KIA) 10/18/44 (Leverkusen). Plane was B-24 'Flak Magnet' #4250596 ...

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Units served with

  • 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    The 44th Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 15-January-1942 at McDill Field, Florida and equipped with B-24Cs. The Group moved to Barksdale Field, Louisiana and acted as a training unit for the 90th 93rd and 98th Bomb Groups and flew anti...

  • 68th Bomb Squadron


Associated Place

  • Shipdham

    Military site : airfield
    Shipdham was built in 1941-1942, the first US heavy bomber airfield in the English county of Norfolk. It was a standard design, with T2-type hangars and a domestic site dispersed to the south east. Improvements were carried out to increase the number...


Event Location Date
Born Freeport, IL 61032, USA 22 July 1923
Killed in Action (KIA) 4364 TB Buttinge, Netherlands 18 October 1944

The body of Sgt. William C. Young, Jr., 22, so of Mr. and Mrs. William C. Young, 1012 North Court street, Rockford, former residents of Freeport, will arrive in Freeport via the Milwaukee railroad Monday, June 20, at 8:25 p.m., and be met by an escort of the Allied Veterans association and taken to the Walker mortuary. Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 23, at 1:30p.m. at the mortuary, Rev. C. F. Landwere, pastor of First English Lutheran church officiating. Burial will be in Oakland cemetery with military rites conducted by the Allied Veterans association. Bearers will be former schoolmates of Freeport high. Sgt. Young was born July 22, 1923, in Freeport. While a student at Freeport high school, where he graduated in 1941, he was prominently identified with athletics as a member of the track, basketball and football squads. Later, during his first year at Beloit college, he was captain of the freshman football team and a member of the basketball team. He reported for induction March 20, 1943, while in college, and received his training at St. Petersburg, Fla., Scott Field, Ill., and Tonopah, Nev., from where he went overseas in July, 1944. Ten days before his death he was awarded the Air Medal. Before entering service he had been employed at the Kraft Cheese company. Sgt. Young was killed in action over Germany Oct. 18, 1944, while serving as a nose gunner on a B-24 bomber. Surviving are his widow Arlyne Young, and a daughter, Susan, residing in New York city; his parents and a brother, Delmar, living at home. (The Journal-Standard, Freeport, IL, Thursday, June 16, 1949, p. 5, Col. 2)

Buried Freeport, IL 61032, USA 20 June 1949

Oakland Cemetery
Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois, USA


Date Contributor Update
15 April 2020 20:17:22 jmoore43 Changes to biography

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

Date Contributor Update
23 March 2018 19:04:01 466thHistorian Changes to media associations

Date Contributor Update
23 March 2018 19:03:36 466thHistorian Changes to middlename, highest rank, awards and events

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27 September 2014 18:27:48 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 9654 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database