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William F Pierson

Military

Assigned to 597BS, 397BG, 9AF USAAF. Departed base Perrone (A-72) on mission to Germany, climbing through 10/10 cloud layer departed formation. Crashed 3 km SW Wassigny, partial bomb load detonation destroyed A/C and crew. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 15875

Awards: PH

Service

People

  • John Potschner

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 397th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 597BS, 397BG, 9AF USAAF. Departed base Perrone (A-72) on mission to Germany, climbing through 10/10 cloud layer departed formation. Crashed 3 km SW Wassigny, partial bomb load detonation destroyed A/C and crew. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR...

Units served with

Aircraft

  • 42-96124 'Holy Moses'

    B-26 Marauder
    Assigned to 597BS, 397BG, 9AF USAAF. Departed base Perrone (A-72) on mission to Germany, climbing through 10/10 cloud layer departed formation. Crashed 3 km SW Wassigny, partial bomb load detonation destroyed A/C and crew. 6 x Killed in Action (KIA)....

Associated Place

  • Rivenhall

    Military site : airfield
    Originally allocated to the Eighth Air Force as a heavy bomber base, Rivenhall was built during 1943-44 but transferred to the Ninth Air Force before construction was complete. It had three concrete runways, 51 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2...

  • Péronne

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Born South Carolina, USA 16 December 1924

Son of Richmond S Pierson.

Lived in Richmond County, GA, USA 1941
Enlisted Fort McPherson, Atlanta, GA 30310, USA 26 June 1943

Fort McPherson
Atlanta, GA

Based Rivenhall 1944 – 28 February 1945

Assigned to 597BS, 397BG, 9AF USAAF.

Promotion 80200 Péronne, France 31 January 1945

Promoted to Sergeant.

Died 02630 Wassigny, France 28 February 1945

Failed to Return mission to Germany. Crashed 3 km SW Wassigny 28-Feb-45. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 15875

Buried 80200 Péronne, France 29 February 1945

Interred
Péronne cemetery

Buried Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial 1946

Re-Interred
Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial

Buried 1701 J St, Keokuk, IA 52632, USA 15 February 1949

Re-Interred
Keokuk National Cemetery
Keokuk,
Lee County, IA

Buried Hillcrest Memorial Park, 2700 Deans Bridge Rd, Augusta, GA 30906, USA 1953

Memorialised
Hillcrest Memorial Park
Hillcrest
Augusta, GA.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 August 2018 19:07:15 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
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https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/2882635

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