Skip to main content
Edit entry 

William Harry Allen


Assigned to 343FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF. Flew seven combat missions. On 5-Sep-44, returning from an escort mission to Stuttgart, Germany, he spotted several aircraft taking off from the airport at Göppingen. His flight of four P-51s went down, and when the fight was over he was credited with five He111's destroyed, making him an “ace-in-a-day”. Ended Tour of Duty (ETD).

Awards: DFC (OLC), AM (4 OLC), WWII Victory.

Post War: Remained in USAF. Remained an active pilot throughout his career and flew a total of 39 different aircraft including single, twin and four engine fixed wing aircraft and helicopters prior to his retirement as a Major on 31-Jan-63. Following his retirement, worked as an aircraft accident investigator for the Civil Aeronautics Board and the Federal Aviation Administration. Retiring for the second time, he continued doing aviation safety consulting in his home state of California.


Units served with

  • 55th Fighter Group

    55th Fighter Group

    The 55th Fighter Group were the first P-38 Lightning Group to go fully operational from England. The pilots flew long-range escort missions for bombers flying over occupied Europe and racked up 'kills' of their own by destroying enemy aircraft in...

  • 343rd Fighter Squadron


  • 42-67966 'Pretty Patty'

    P-38 Lightning
    Assigned to 343FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) escort to Hamm. Shot down in melee with Bf109's Waldbröl 22-Apr-44 - Lt Clair A Penners POW. MACR 4121.

  • 44-14049 'Pretty Patty II'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 343FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Lt William H Allen.

Associated Place

  • Wormingford

    Military site : airfield
    Wormingford was a Royal Flying Corps/RAF anti-Zeppelin aircraft Landing Ground First World War, rebuilt for the Eighth Air Force 1942-43. It was a Ninth Air Force base from 1943-44, and home to the 362nd Fighter Group. Switching back to the Eighth Air...


Event Location Date
Born Los Angeles, California 22 April 1924
Lived in Torrance, CA, USA 1940
Enlisted Los Angeles, CA, USA 8 July 1942
Assigned Wormingford, Colchester, Essex CO6, UK May 1944 – October 1944

Assigned to 343FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF.

Promotion Wormingford, Colchester, Essex CO6, UK July 1944

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant

E/A Destroyed x 5 Göppingen, Germany 5 September 1944

Destroyed five He111's Göppingen airfield.

Buried Riverside County, CA, USA August 2014

Riverside National Cemetery
Riverside County
California, USA.

Died California, USA 17 August 2014
End Tour of Duty (ETD) England, UK

Ended Tour of Duty (ETD).


Date Contributor Update
05 July 2016 22:42:46 Al_Skiff Changes to nickname, highest rank and events

Date Contributor Update
05 July 2016 22:36:37 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, highest rank, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:28:05 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list / self, roster