/Sgt. Truitt H. Williams served with the 68th Bomb Squadron, 44th Bomb Group. He was killed in action on August 1, 1943, during the attack on the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania. Williams was a waist gunner aboard the lead B-24, V Victory Ship, piloted by Capt. John H. Diehl, Jr., and commanded by Lt. Col. James T. Posey. On that day Posey's twenty-one aircraft were assigned to destroy "Blue Target," the Creditul Minier refinery at Brazi. While on approach to the target at treetop level, V Victory Ship was hit by numerous 37mm rounds, which shot off part of the tail and mortally wounded Williams.
Williams' crewmembers attempted to put him in a parachute and drop him over Romania, hoping he would receive medical treatment for his injuries. Williams died before this could be completed. V Victory Shipreturned safely to Libya.
Truitt H. Williams is buried at the North Africa American Cemetery in Carthage, Tunisia.