Rank and Name, Aviation Ordnance man Second Class William Ralph Forrester.
Unit/Placed in, Patrol Bombing Squadron 104 (VBP-104).
William is born approx. on Nov. 20, 1922 in Riverton, Wyoming.
Father, Oscar L. Forrester.
Mother, Lela Forrester.
William enlisted the service in Wyoming with service number # 5530437.
William‘s Crew-members and their position on-board the plane a PB4Y-2 were,
Ens. James M. Wimberly Co Pilot
Arm1. Erwin J. Anderson Radio Operator
Amm3. James Diachin Tailgunner
Aom2. William Forrest Bow Turret
Lt. Maurice Hill Pilot
Aom1. Thomas E. McKenzie Bombardier
Amm3. Kenneth A. Waddle Bell Gunner
Crewmembers, ARM3c Dow H. Gothard, AOM3c John L. Nason, ENS Frederick W. Pratt and AMM1c Charles D. Vey were rescued.
William was KIA when they were attacked by 2 Japanese K61 “Tony’s” on Aug. 11, 1944, he is honored with a Purple Heart, Air Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross, Good Conduct Medal, Expeditionary Medal, American Campaign Medal, Distinguished Unit Citation, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, WW II Victory Medal.
William Is buried/mentioned at Manila American Cemetery and Memorial Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines.
Walls of the missing.
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
Philppine Info, http://www.philippine-scouts.org/
Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com