SERGEANT WILLIAM JOSEPH O’DONNELL; U.S. ARMY AIR FORCE

May 12, 1924 (Port Chester, NY) – December 29, 1944; 20 years old
Married to Flora Virginia Hess (1913-1989) of Bridgeport, Ohio on May 17, 1944
Last local address: 10 Beauford Road, Norwalk
Enlisted March 4, 1943
Service number: 31326885
386TH BOMBARDMENT GROUP, 553RD BOMBARDMENT SQUADRON


Crew member on a Martin B-26G Marauder serial #44-67827 crashed into a hill near Neuilly, France on returning to base December 29, 1944. Other crew were

2d Lt Robert Wayne “Rabbit” Bledsoe, pilot
Sergeant Frederick Jesse Beadle, Crew Chief
Sgt Charles J. Huling, Radioman
Sgt Lionel G. Aguirre, Mechanic
Sergeant William Joseph O’Donnell


On a plaque dedicated the 386th Bomb Group in Bernes-sur-Oise, France

386TH BOMB GROUP (M)
NINTH AIR FORCE
UNITED STATES ARMY AIR FORCES
MARTIN B’26 MARAUDER      DOUGLAS A-26 INVADER
IN MEMORY OF THOSE GALLANT MEN WHO MADE
THE SUPREME SACRIFICE AND OF THEIR COMRADES WHO
SURVIVED COMBAT OPERATIONS FROM AAF STATION A-60,
THE PERSAN-BEAUMONT AIRPORT
OCTOBER 2, 1944 – APRIL 9,1945
AND IN TRIBUTE TO THE STRENGTH, COURAGE
AND RESISTANCE OF THE CITIZENS OF THE AREA
WHO EXPERIENCED THE HORRORS OF WAR
                                                                DEDICATED OCTOBER 2, 1994

            There are 60 names on plaque #3 to include the entire crew of B-26G #44-67827.


Google Maps link: https://goo.gl/maps/ybYGXuGheKNZohC5A


Repatriated in 1949 from France and buried at Long Island National Cemetery, East Farmingdale, New York; Plot K, Grave 17301

Published by jeffd1121

USAF retiree. Veteran advocate. Committed to telling the stories of those who died while in the service of the country during wartime.

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