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Willard Horace Land

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  • Daniel Abriola

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Aerial Gunner | 416th Bomb Group

  • Sterling Alden

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Aerial Gunner | 416th Bomb Group

  • Robert Ballinger

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Aerial Gunner/Togglier | 416th Bomb Group

  • Vincent Fair

    Military | Sergeant (Technician Fourth Grade) | Aerial Gunner | 416th Bomb Group

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  • Wethersfield

    Military site : airfield
    Planned in 1942 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, Wethersfield was then supposed to be loaned to the RAF in 1943, but was re-allocated to the Ninth Air Force by the time it was complete. Built during 1943-44, it had three concrete runways, 49 loop...

  • Melun

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Born McLeod, Texas 21 September 1917
Lived in McLeod, Texas 16 October 1940

Worked for Griffin-Mahon Oil Company of Caddo, LA

Enlisted Dallas, Texas 17 April 1942
First 416th BG Combat Mission Bonnieres, France 11 April 1944
Final 416th BG Combat Mission Mayen, Germany 14 October 1944

Flew a 65 combat mission tour

Died Kerrville, Texas 9 July 2009

Willard H. Land, 91 of Kerrville, Texas, loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away July 9, 2009, at his home of natural causes.
Mr. Land was born Sept. 21, 1917, in Cass County, McCleod, Texas, to Jasper and Nellie Land.
After attending Belshear High School, he was attending The University of Texas at Austin when World War II broke out. He enlisted as an officer trainee/cadet in the Army Air Corps. He graduated as a 2nd Lt./Pilot in 1943 and flew 65 missions in the medium attack bomber, A-20 Havocs, in the European theater between February to October 1944, where he obtained the rank of first lieutenant. After he completed his tour of duty, he returned to the States, where he trained other new pilots to fly the medium attack bombers, making him truly one of the Greatest Generation.

Following World War II, he began a career in the oil and gas industry where he met Margery E. Crowe of Shreveport, La. They married on Dec. 24, 1945, and were together until her death in 1981. They settled in Midland, Texas, where they raised three children: twins boys, Mark and Miles, and daughter, Melissa. After retiring from 37 years in the oil and gas industry, he moved to Marble Falls, where he met and married Minnie Warren, until her death in 1998. He was one of the co-founders in the senior activity center in Marble Falls and president of the Lions Club in 1986-87. He later moved to Kerrville, where he became a member of the German Club and met his longtime companion, Nell Lenard of Kerrville. They enjoyed many years of dancing and traveling together. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Kerrville.

Buried Midland, Texas 12 July 2009

Resthaven Memorial Park
Midland, Midland County, Texas, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
02 April 2021 01:05:12 466thHistorian Changes to unit associations
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Date Contributor Update
02 April 2021 00:24:41 466thHistorian Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, highest rank, role, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
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https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=2238&h=19345765...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/52754466/willard-horace-land
http://www.ww2buddies.com/Query416.html
http://www.416th.com/669-land.html

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