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William J Acton


Shot down 8 May 1944 in B-24 #42-52169 'Lucky Penny'. Killed in Action (KIA).



Units served with

  • 453rd Bomb Group

    453rd Bomb Group

    As well as strategic bombardment missions, the 453rd Bomb Group also ferried cargo on two occasions. They hauled petrol, blankets, and rations to France in September 1944 and dropped ammunition, food and medical supplies near Wesel during the airborne...

  • 734th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-52169 Lucky Penny

    B-24 Liberator
    The aircraft was named Lucky Penny after Penelope, the pet dog of pilot Nicholas Radosevich. The nose art was also painted in her likeness. ...


Event Location Date
Born Winkleman, Arizona, USA
Killed in Action (KIA) Germany 8 May 1944
Died 8 May 1944


Date Contributor Update
24 March 2020 19:15:09 jmoore43 Changes to biography

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

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:28:15 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 4594 / MACR 4594, The Liberator Men of Old Buc / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database