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William Edward Eustace Canfield

Military

1st Lt. William Edward Eustace Canfield was born 31st December, 1921 to Julian and Margaret (Little) Canfield at Kingston, New York. His father was a farmer and an architect and draftsman. His mother was a homemaker and later worked in a car dealership. Eustace or “Sonny” as his father called him, attending schools in the Kingston, New York area.

On 14th January, 1942 Canfield enlisted in the Army Air Corps with the dream of becoming a pilot. He graduated from the Columbus Army Flying School in Columbus, Mississippi on November 10, 1942.

19th July 1944 the B-26 piloted by Lt William E Canfield was hit by flak just after bombs away. Left engine caught fire, the plane banked steeply to the left, the left wing broke away and the Marauder went into a spin and crashed. No survivors were reported*.

MACR shows two eye witness reports, both spotted a single chute from the A/C, in fact two crew members survived.

Awards: AM (10 OLC), EAME (2 x Battle Stars), PH.

Service

People

  • James Burns

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 322nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 451BS 322BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Nantes 19-Jul-44, hit by flak in port engine, wing collapsed, spun in. Crashed left bank of Loire river. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 7046 Awards: AM (9OLC), EAME (2 x Battle Stars), PH.

  • Jack Chidester

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 322nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 451BS 322BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Nantes 19-Jul-44, hit by flak in port engine, wing collapsed, spun in. Crashed left bank of Loire river. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 7046 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Hugo Conforti

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 322nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 451BS 322BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Nantes 19-Jul-44, hit by flak in port engine, wing collapsed, spun in. Crashed left bank of Loire river. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 7046 Awards: PH.

  • Wilburn Hampton

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 322nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 451BS 322BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Nantes 19-Jul-44, hit by flak in port engine, wing collapsed, spun in. Crashed left bank of Loire river. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 7046 Awards: BSM, PH, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Ralph Hehl

    Military | Sergeant | Bombardier / Togglier | 322nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 451BS 322BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Nantes 19-Jul-44, hit by flak in port engine, wing collapsed, spun in. Crashed left bank of Loire river. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 7046 Awards: PH.

  • Hamilton Hofmeister

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio operator | 322nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 451BS 322BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Nantes 19-Jul-44, hit by flak in port engine, wing collapsed, spun in. Crashed left bank of Loire river. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 7046 Awards: PH

  • John Simpson

    Military | Colonel | Command Pilot | 322nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 451BS 322BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Nantes 19-Jul-44, hit by flak in port engine, wing collapsed, spun in. Crashed left bank of Loire river. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 7046 Awards: SS, AM (6OLC), PH (OLC).

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Units served with

  • 322nd Bomb Group

    322nd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 322nd Bombardment Squadron (Medium) was activated on 19-Jun-1942 at MacDill Field, Florida with B-26B Marauder aircraft. In late September 1942 the unit moved to Drane Field, Florida. The Ground echelon sailed for the UK aboard the Queen Elizabeth...

  • 451st Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-35021

    B-26 Marauder
    Assigned to 451BS, 322BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Nantes 19-Jul-44, hit by flak in port engine, wing collapsed, spun in. Crashed left bank of Loire river. 2 x POW, 6 x KIA MACR 7046

Associated Place

  • Andrews Field

    Military site : airfield
    The base was known as Great Saling when construction – by US Army engineers – began in 1942 but was renamed Andrews Field in honour of the memory of Gen. Frank M. Andrews, who was killed when the B-24 he was travelling in crash-landed in Iceland on 3...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Kingston, NY 31 December 1921

Son of Julian and Margaret [Little] Canfield.

Enlisted 14 January 1942

Albany, New York

Graduated pilot training Columbus AAF, MS 1943

Graduated Columbus Army Flying School, Mississippi.
Commissioned 2nd Lieutenant.

Based Andrews Field 1944 – 19 July 1944

Assigned to 451BS 322BG, 9AF USAAF.

Died Loire riverbank 19 July 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) Nantes 19-Jul-44, hit by flak in port engine, wing collapsed, spun in. Crashed left bank of Loire river. KIA MACR 7046

Buried Arlington National Cemetery 1948

Re-Interred
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington, Virginia

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
28 April 2022 09:31:59 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28694985
https://www.fold3.com/image/310770941
https://www.fold3.com/record/83523307/william-e-e-canfield-wwii-army-enl...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/118221624/william-e_eustace-canfield

Date Contributor Update
27 April 2022 19:10:59 dklehman81 Changes to service number and biography
Sources

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/118221624/william-e_eustace-canfield
https://www.newspapers.com/clip/100515264/lt-w-e-e-canfield-body-returne...
https://www.ancestry.com/imageviewer/collections/7750/images/NEWS-NY-TR_...
https://www.americanairmuseum.com/aircraft/1033

Date Contributor Update
27 April 2022 19:08:53 dklehman81 Changes to middlename, nickname and awards
Sources

https://airforce.togetherweserved.com/usaf/servlet/tws.webapp.WebApp?cmd...

Date Contributor Update
25 November 2015 16:22:38 Emily Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, highest rank, role, biography, events and unit associations
Sources

http://www.b26.com/guestbook/2004.htm

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