Born in Huntington WV, although once he was out of Huntington he expressed a desire to not return.
Pops grew up hanging around his father's car dealership. He also earned a single engine pilot's license as a young man.
Bill Kincaid left Marshall College in 1942, and later moved to Chicago where he got married and worked in a machine shop. He found himself drafted into the Marine Corps in late 1943, and strategically enlisted in the Army Air Corps before the date he was supposed to show up to be enlisted as a Marine.
Bill was in the 97th Bomber Group, and flew in a B17. He went to a base in England to Foggia, Italy, and then got to go home after he'd done his mandatory number of combat missions. Bill then went to Tyndall Field where he became an instructor on the weaponry of the B24 aircraft - although he always contended the B17 was a better plane. He was a musician at heart and best enjoyed his opportunities to play jazz trumpet with Special Services. Serving as the base bugler, Bill had to get up a little early but could crawl back into bed after waking everyone else up with "Revielle". He never talked much about his military service other than descriptions of the makeshift comforts of his tent at the base in Foggia, and an Italian POW who helped him keep an old scooter running for trips around the base.
All Bill ever wanted out of the Air Corps was, in his words, his "ass in one piece". He got that and lived until 1996.
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The 97th Bomb Group flew the Eighth Air Force's first heavy bomber mission from the UK when they bombed a marshalling yard at Rouen on 17 August 1942. Just a month later though the Group were reassigned to the Twelfth Air Force and left England for the...