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Rank and Name, Ensign William Warner Abercrombie.
Unit/Placed in on, VT-8 (Torpedo Squadron) Based USS. Hornet (CV-8), United States Naval Reserve.
William is born in 1914 in, Oregon.
Father, Carl W. Abercrombie.
Mother, Crace Abercrombie.
William enlisted the service in Missouri with service number # 0-098514.
William was KIA on the mission to Midway, when the was shot down on June 4, 1942, Ensign William W. Abercrombie is honored with a Unit Citation, American Defense Service Medal, Purple Heart, Navy Cross Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal and the WWII Victory Medal.
William’s crew-members and their position on-board the plane a DBD-Devestator were;
William is buried/mentioned at Honolulu Memorial Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA.
Courts of the Missing.
Thanks to Jean Louis Vijgen, ABMC, https://abmc.gov Info P.O.W.
Wes Injerd, Dwight Rider: http://www.mansell.com/pow-index.html
Fifteen planes of Torpedo Squadron 8 took off from the U.S.S. Hornet on June 4, carrying 30 officers and enlisted gunners. All were shot down and Ensign George Gay was the only survivor, watching the battle unfold from beneath a flotation device until rescued. All fifteen pilots received the Navy Cross (14 of them posthumously), and their enlisted gunners all received posthumous awards of the Distinguished Flying Cross.
This happened during the Battle for Midway.