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William T. Williams

First Lieutenant, U.S. Army Air Forces

O-795544

447th Bomber Squadron,
321st Bomber Group, Medium

Entered the Service from: New Jersey
Died: December 2, 1943
Buried at: Plot D Row 4 Grave 33
Sicily-Rome American Cemetery
Nettuno, Italy
Awards: Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 9 Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart


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 - January 14, 1944



Camden Courier-Post - February 18, 1944

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Camden Courier-Post - February 18, 1944
Harry Williams Sr. Lt. Harry Williams Jr., Army Air Force Aviation Cadet John Williams
United States Navy
Aviation Cadet
Robert Williams
United States Marine Corps

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