FIRST LIEUTENANT WILLIAM T. WILLIAMS born in NJ on 1919, He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry J. Williams, of 903 Somerset Street, Gloucester City NJ. He grew up in Gloucester City, and was a graduate of Gloucester Catholic High School. After high school he assisted his father, who had a plumbing business.
William T. Williams enlisted in the United States Army air corps on January 23, 1942 at Trenton NJ. He won his wings and received his commission, along with Frank W. White of Pennsauken NJ, at Moody Field in Valdosta GA, in January of 1943. He was the first resident of Gloucester City to qualify for flight duty. Flying B-25 Mitchell bombers with the 447th Bomber Squadron, 321st Bomber Group, Medium, William T. Williams flew numerous missions, including one against German forces in Athens, Greece, for which the 447th was awarded a Distinguished Unit Citation.
The 447th Bomber
Squadron moved from an airfield at Grottaglie, Italy to one at Amendola,
Italy around November 25, 1943. On his 53rd mission, December
3rd, 1943, the B-25 which Lt. Williams was flying went down, killing
him. Only 25 at the time of his death, he had been previously
recommended for promotion to Captain. His body was recovered, and he is
buried in Italy.
William T. Williams was survived by his parents, four brothers serving in the Armed Forces, and his fiancÚ, Miss Jean Lacy, of Woodbury NJ. He was reported as missing in action, as reported in the January 14, 1944 edition of the Camden Courier-Post. His death was reported in the Courier on August 21, 1944.
|Camden Courier-Post - February 18, 1944|
|Harry Williams Sr.||Lt. Harry Williams Jr., Army Air Force||Aviation Cadet John
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