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William Joseph Daner


West Point graduate who served with 409BG 9AAF. Awarded DFC. Post-war, survived aircraft crash 12/03/1947 when Beechcraft C-45 44-47194 of the 632nd AMS, 371st Air Service Group, USAAF, crashed on Black Combe near Millom, UK (Lake District). At around 14:00 on the 12th March Capt Daner & 1st Lt Artie Garner Jr (0-870565, co-pilot) left Prestwick in Ayrshire for RAF Bovingdon in Hertfordshire where they would then fly onwards to Germany. After approximately one hour, while flying at 2,000ft in a snow shower the aircraft struck the seaward side of Black Combe a short distance below the summit. The aircraft was badly damaged by the crash but electrical power from the batteries remained to the radio which continued to receive, however the transmitter had been damaged preventing a distress call being made. By nightfall the weather had not improved and so the two crew decided to remain with the aircraft overnight. The following morning conditions had improved and they made their way off to Holeghyll at the foot the hill. Captain Daner left USAF July 1950 having latterly worked in North Dakota as an instructor. He then resumed his career there (Bismarck) as a lawyer. Artie Garner retired from USAF May 1953 as a Captain.


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Born 2 June 1921


Enlisted 1942

Graduated Class of 1943 - West Point

Died 21 November 1992

Died - San Diego.Buried at West Point.


Date Contributor Update
04 March 2020 10:26:40 miAmigo Changes to biography

Re-wrote bio.

Date Contributor Update
04 March 2020 09:25:00 miAmigo Changes to biography

Updated career info - Artie Garner (USAF records)

Date Contributor Update
04 March 2020 08:43:20 miAmigo Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events and unit associations

West Point records; Alan Clark (UK aircrash historian); University of Notre Dame Records.