Summary

William Laahs was an aerial navigator in the USAAF in WW2, and the USAF in Korea before retiring in 1968.

Conflict Period:
World War II 1
Branch:
Army Air Forces 2
Rank:
Second Lieutenant 2
Birth:
29 Jan 1922 3
Wisconsin 2
Death:
22 Dec 2007 3
Virginia 2
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Full Name:
William Laahs 3
Birth:
29 Jan 1922 3
Wisconsin 2
Death:
22 Dec 2007 3
Virginia 2
Residence:
Last Residence: Mc Lean, VA 3
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World War II 1

Branch:
Army Air Forces 2
Rank:
Second Lieutenant 2
Service Start Date:
06 Jul 1942 2
Service End Date:
01 Dec 1968 2

Korean War 2

Branch:
Air Force 2
Rank:
Captain 2
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Social Security:
Card Issued: Unknown Code (PE) 3

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LtCol William Laahs, USAF

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. 

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