Bill went into the Army Air Force in 1942, was trained as a navigator at Ellington Field, Texas, and was commissioned a second lieutenant on February 5th, 1944. He was sent to England and assigned to the 851st Bomb Squadron, 390th Bomb Group based at Eye, Suffolk. Navigating B-17G Flying Fortresses, he flew 35 combat missions over Europe until January of 1945. He was promoted to First Lieutenant and seperated briefly from service before re-entering the USAF in 1948 as a Master Sergeant. In 1951, he was again commissioned, this time as a captain, and undertook refresher training in B-29 Super Fortesses. He deployed to Korea where he flew on 21 combat missions. In the 1950s, he transitioned to the B-52 Strato Fortress and was on alert staus at Turner AFB, Georgia, during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He accepted several staff positions before retiring in 1968.