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Atchley Jr. , William Thomas

Rank and Name, William Thomas Atchley Jr.

Unit/Placed in, 98th Bomber Squadron, 11th Bomber Group, Heavy.


William is born approx. on 3 Dec. 1920 in Sofia, New Mexico.

Father, William T. Atchley.

Mother, Etharetta B. (Thomas) Atchley.

Sister(s), Violet B. and Genvieve L. Achtley.

Brother(s), Burdean B. Forrest S. John D. and Albert E. Atchley.


William enlisted the service in New Mexico with service number # 38166968.


William ‘s Crew-members and their position on-board the plane a B-  were,

1st Lt.           Arthur W. Suajanen           Pilot

2nd Lt.          Anthony F. Eckhart           Co Pilot

2nd Lt.          William S. Bowman            Navigator

Capt.            Howard M. Bazemore Jr.    Bombardier

2nd Lt.          Emil A. Nummi                 Asst. Bombardier

T/Sgt.          Harry O’Shean                  Engineer

S/Sgt.           Alex H. Ballard                 Asst. Engineer

T/Sgt.          James Paul                       Radio Operator

S/Sgt.           William T. Atchley Jr.        Asst. Radio Operator

S/Sgt.           Donald H. Beebe                Gunner

S/Sgt.           Robert E. Merunka            Gunner


William was KIA on the start of a Bombing Mission against Ponape, Island there were electrical problems with the engine, the plane never returned to base on 4 May 1944, he is honored with an Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, Army Presidential Unit Citation, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, WW II Victory Medal.


William is buried/mentioned at Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu County, Hawaii U.S.A.

Courts of the missing.

He also has a Memorial Grave at Santa Fe National Cemetery, Santa Fe, Santa Fe County, New Mexico, USA.


Thanks to, https://pacificwrecks.com/aircraft/b-24/42-73496.html?menu=NAVIGATION


Jean Louis Vijgen, WW2-Pacific Website.

Air Force Info, Rolland Swank.

ABMC Website, https://abmc.gov

Navy Info, http://navylog.navymemorial.org

POW Info, http://www.mansell.com    Dwight Rider and Wes injerd.

Family Info, https://www.familysearch.org

Marines Info, https://missingmarines.com/    Geoffrey Roecker

Info, https://www.pacificwrecks.com/

Medals Info, https://www.honorstates.org


Philippine Info, http://www.philippine-scouts.org/

Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com

98th Bomber Squadron
11th Bomber Group
Stickwell Field, Eniwetok Island
B24 heaven can wait crew
William Thomas Atchley Jr
His rank Staff Sergeant