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William Leroy Ward


Ward was the first fighter pilot assigned to the 365th FG at it's inception. He also led the last 365th FG combat mission.
He flew two tours and 98 combat missions


Units served with

  • 9th Air Force
  • 365th Fighter Group

    365th Fighter Group

    The Group moved to England in December 1943 as part of the Ninth Air Force. Flying P-47s, the Group took part in missions over northern France designed to weaken Germany's ability to repulse the planned Allied invasion of summer 1944. After the...

  • 386th Fighter Squadron

Associated Place

  • Gosfield

    Military site : airfield
    First used as an airfield during the First World War, when known as Royal Flying Corps/RAF Sible Hedingham, it was built as Gosfield for the Eighth Air Force and then Ninth Air Force in 1942-43. Home to first the 365th Fighter Group, then the 397th...

  • Juvincourt

    Military site : airfield

  • Fritzlar

    Military site : airfield

  • Bretigny

    Military site : airfield

  • Azeville

    Military site : airfield

  • Chievres

    Military site : airfield

  • Metz

    Military site : airfield

  • Florennes / Juzaine

    Military site : airfield

  • Aachen

    Military site : airfield

  • Beaulieu

    Military site : airfield


Event Location Date
Born Arkansas City, Kansas 23 February 1923
Aerial Victory in the vicinity of Cherbourg, France 22 June 1944

1 - Bf 109

Aerial Victory west of Bruhl, Germany 28 November 1944

1 - Bf 109

Died Wichita Falls, Texas 12 October 2006


Date Contributor Update
25 December 2020 03:32:52 466thHistorian Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
"Thunderbolts of The Hell Hawks" - Barnes, Crump and Sutherland, pages 23,98, 249