USMA, Commissioned June 1933; Chief of Staff, 41st Combat Bomb Wing from February 1944 to September 1944.
Brother of M Gen. Robert Falligant Travis. William even rode with his brother in the lead plane during a raid to Marianburg. It was a 14 1/2 hr mission and was said to be the turning point in the air war with Germany. William also served for some time as his brother's executive officer and also flew in the Pacific Theater He retired from the Air Force and became head of Armstrong College's Technical Institute
DFC/Air Medal, Commendation Ribbon, Cruix de Guerre Avee Palme, Korean Pilots' wings.
The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...
The 379th Bomb Group (H) (heavy), based at Kimbolton, flew more sorties than any other Bomb Group in the Eighth Air Force and dropped a greater bomb tonnage than any other Group. The B-17 Flying Fortress Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit...
The 384th Bomb Group flew B-17s from Grafton Underwood, Northamptonshire, between May 1943 and June 1945. They were engaged in daylight bombing missions over Germany as part of the Allies' efforts to destroy the effectiveness of the Luftwaffe by...
|Born||Savannah, Georgia||6 June 1908|
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BIOGRAPHICAL DIRECTORY OF THE 8TH AIR FORCE 1942-1945 by Russell A. Strong
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Who's Who in the Eighth Air Force and/or Biographical Directory Command & Staff Officers Eighth Air Force 1942-45,