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.
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
Medals Info, https://www.honorstates.org
Philippine Info, http://www.philippine-scouts.org/
Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com