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William H Hylton


Killed in Action (KIA) in B-17F 41-24512 'Rose O' Day', 91BG/322BS while serving as Bombardier. The aircraft was attacke repeatedly by German fighters and seen to have the #2 engine on fire. The surviving crew were ordered to bale out over the southern tip of Texal Island, Holland, but many came down in the sea and were lost. The aircraft crashed into North Sea just west of the tip of Texel Island, Holland.

Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Purple Heart


Units served with

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...

  • 322nd Bomb Squadron


  • 41-24512 Rose O'Day

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 322BS/91BG [LG-N] Bangor 1-Sep-42; Bassingbourn 29-Sep-42; Missing in Action (MIA) 7+m Hamm 4-Mar-43. Aircraft sustained repeated attacks by fighters and crashed into the North Sea just of the southern tip of Texel Island, Holland. The crew...


  • VIII Bomber Command 39

    4 March 1943
    After several weather-caused aborted attempts in attacking the marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany, the 8th Air Force is finally successful in attacking this target. A total of 71 B-17s are despatched: 91BG (20); 303BG (18); 305BG (12) amd 306BG (21)....

Associated Place

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents ( , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...


Event Location Date
Born Dallas County, Texas
Killed in Action (KIA) Texel, Netherlands 4 March 1943

Killed when aircraft was attacked by German fighters and crashed into the sea just west of the tip of Texel Island, Holland. His remains have never been recovered.

Commemorated Netherlands American Cemetery, AM Begraafplaats 1, 6269 NA Margraten 1945

Commemorated on the Wall of the Missing, Netherlands American Cemetery


Date Contributor Update
24 June 2015 19:50:56 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, awards, events, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 24-Jun-2015. Added Decorations and Commemorated event per American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) records; made connections to Place, Aircraft and Mission within existing website data; Added KIA event per MACR 3721; Edited SUmmay Biography with loss detail and converted dates to military-style signification per "Losses of the 8th & 9th AIr Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:28:08 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Roll of Honor, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop and Hey, pp. 87-88, MACR 3721