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William J Doherty


MACR 11876 just mentions Lt Doherty's P-51 was last seen in formation above Vielsalm, Belgium. No chute was seen and no trace of the plane or pilot was found. Freeman's "Mighty 8th War Diary" mentions only one 364th aircraft missing that day on Mission 789.


Units served with

  • 364th Fighter Group

    364th Fighter Group

    The 364th Fighter Group flew 342 missions in P-38 Lightnings and P-51 Mustangs from Honington, Suffolk. The missions ranged from escorting bombers and dive-bombing and strafing targets to area patrol missions across a swathe of land that took in France...

  • 381st Bomb Group

    381st Bomb Group

    The 381st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Ridgewell, Essex between June 1943 and April 1945. The Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit Citations, the first for bombing shipyards at Bremen, whilst under heavy attack, on 8 October 1943 and...

  • 1st Scouting Force
  • 383rd Fighter Squadron
  • 535th Bomb Squadron


  • 44-13283 Carolyn Ann

    P-51 Mustang
    Personal aircraft of Col. Budd Peaslee, Commanding Officer Scouting Force (Experimental) and 1st Scouting Force. Flown by Lt William J. Doherty of 364th Fighter Group / 383rd Fighter Squadron on 10 January 1945. Was last seen in formation at about 12...


  • 789

    10 January 1945

Associated Place

  • Honington

    Military site : airfield
    Honington was in use by Eighth Air Force units for a longer period than any other air base in England. The air base, built in the mid 1930s as part of the RAF's expansion programme had seen plenty of action as an RAF base before it was handed over to...


Event Location Date
Born Massachusetts, United States 1922
Enlisted Boston, Massachusetts, United States 14 April 1942

Enlisted as a Private in the Air Corps

Died 10 January 1945
Lived in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, √Čtats-Unis
Detached from service.

Was assigned at some time to the 381st Bomb Group.


Plot C Row 8 Grave 50


Date Contributor Update
23 April 2015 13:56:46 ED-BB Changes to aircraft associations

Confusion with William J. Doherty, Navigator on 42-3439 - Serial O-736630

Date Contributor Update
23 April 2015 08:27:52 ED-BB Changes to service number, biography, events and mission associations

MACR 11876
Freeman's "Mighty Eighth War Diary"
NARA WWII Enlistment records
WWII Middlesex County casualties

Date Contributor Update
29 March 2015 17:22:43 usxpat Changes to events

American Battle Monuments Commission

Date Contributor Update
29 March 2015 17:10:30 usxpat Changes to service number, awards and events
American Battle Monuments Commission

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:28:16 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 11876