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William John Fay

Military

Assigned to 345BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. Crew member of B-24 42-40663 'Maternity Ward' lost on 1-Aug-43 Ploesti raid, shot down by enemy fighters over Ionian Sea on return flight. Pilot John V Ward. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 224.

Awards: DFC (OLC), PH.

Service

Units served with

  • 9th Air Force
  • 98th Bomb Group

    98th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 98th trained for bombardment missions with B-24 Liberators during the first half of 1942. ...

  • 345th Bomb Squadron

    345th Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Established as a B-24 Liberator heavy bomb squadron and trained by Third Air Force. Deployed to Egypt in June 1942 over South Atlantic Transport Route transiting from Morrison Field, Florida though the Caribbean to Brazil; performed trans-Atlantic...

Aircraft

  • 42-40663 'Maternity Ward'

    B-24 Liberator
    Failed to return from 1st Aug 43 Ploesti raid, shot down by enemy fighters over Ionian Sea on return flight. Pilot John V Ward. 8 MIA/KIA 2 POW. MACR 224.

Missions

  • Operation Tidal Wave

    1 August 1943
    Operation TIDAL WAVE. B-24D Liberators attack the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania. The bombers flew low to avoid radar detection and dropped time delayed bombs. Out of the 177 B-24s that took part in the raid 167 managed to attack their targets. 57...

Associated Place

Events

Event Location Date
Born Minneapolis, MN 11 April 1921

Son of Edward and Evelyn [Matysiak] Fahey.
NoK: Sister Marie Therese Faye.

Lived in Minneapolis, MN, USA 1942
Enlisted Minneapolis, MN 5 July 1942
Training Harlingen AAF, TX November 1942

Training - Harlingen AAF, Texas

Based Benina December 1942 – 1 August 1943

Assigned to 345BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF.

Died Ionian Sea 1 August 1943

Crew member of B-24 42-40663 'Maternity Ward' lost on 1-Aug-43 Ploesti raid, shot down by enemy fighters over Ionian Sea on return flight. Pilot John V Ward. 8 MIA/KIA 2 POW. MACR 224.

Buried Sicily-Rome American Cemetery and Memorial 1946

Tablets of the Missing
Sicily-Rome American Cemetery and Memorial

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
01 September 2021 16:25:16 Al_Skiff Changes to events and place associations
Sources

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56308753/william-john-fay
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/192995133/william-john-faye

Date Contributor Update
01 September 2021 16:18:32 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/310762702
https://www.fold3.com/record/529925049/william-j-fay-american-battle-mon...
https://www.fold3.com/record/703092749/blank-us-wwii-hospital-admission-...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56308753/william-john-fay
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/192995133/william-john-faye

Date Contributor Update
23 August 2021 21:30:58 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
28 March 2015 11:12:28 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.findagrave.com

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