Flew with Lt. Louis Confer's crew, flew 9 missions on Sabrina III as member 9f 44thth. Flew 17 missions on Geor Smith crew, 20 on McMahon crew as member of 489th BG. for a total of 46 missions in all.
Flew on 'Pregant Peggy 42-94913; Little Iodine 42-95262; Southern Comfort III; Down De Hatch; and Clean Sweep .
Air Medal w 3/Oak Leaf Cluster; DFC
Military | Sergeant | Instrument Specialist, Mechanic, Aerial Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
Bill went on flight status at the age of 30. He acquired the nickname "The Count" or "Count Nickels" after telling the other flyers tales of working in the NYC subway System where he said the change booth attendant was called "Count Nickels."
Units served with
The 44th Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 15-January-1942 at McDill Field, Florida and equipped with B-24Cs. The Group moved to Barksdale Field, Louisiana and acted as a training unit for the 90th 93rd and 98th Bomb Groups and flew anti...
The 489th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators out of Halesworth, Suffolk, for several months from May 1944 until later in the year. The Group flew tactical missions in support of ground forces in northern France. It was in this tactical role that the crews...
Assigned to 844BS, 489BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Mainz, Germany. Lost control due to prop wash from lead aircraft and pancaked onto B-24 42-94903 'Bomber's Moon', both A/C fell out of the sky. Two crew from each ship parachuted...
||Silver Spring, JD
||10 April 1921
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