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Birth:
1924 1
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Clifford A Williams 1
Level of Education: 3 years of high school 1
Marital Status: Single, without dependents 1
Birth:
1924 1
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World War II 1

Branch:
Army 1
Enlistment Date:
19 Mar 1943 1
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No branch assignment 1
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Selectees (Enlisted Men) 1
Army Serial Number:
33668785 1
Enlistment Place:
Pittsburgh Pennsylvania 1
Enlistment Term:
Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law 1
Source of Army Personnel:
Civil Life 1
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White 1
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Box Number: 0692 1
Film Reel Number: 1.209 1

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Clifford A. Williams

Tinian, Mariana Islands

Clifford A. Williams (with B-29 aircrew).

Enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps on 19 March 1943 at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Completed Aerial Gunnery training and underwent B-29 aircraft combat crew training at Fairmont Army Air Field, Nebraska.

On 23 December 1944, he deployed to the Pacific Theater of Operations and was assigned to the 20th Air Force, XXI Bomber Command, 313th Bombardment Wing, 504th Bombardment Group (VH), 398th Bomb Squadron; being stationed at North Field, on Tinian in the Mariana Islands.

On 15 February 1945, he flew as an Aerial Gunner in the Central Fire Control barber’s chair aboard a Boeing B-29 Superfortress ("Coral Queen") serial #42-63499. 504th BG aircraft were also identified by an "E" inside a “Circle” painted on the tail. It was one of 117 aircraft launched in a multi-wing Group formation to bombard the Mitsubishi aircraft engine plant at Nagoya, Japan.

On the return route back to North Field, his aircraft was forced to ditch, resulting in the loss of the aircrew.  Last radio contact was at a geographic location of: 23 degrees 00 minutes North latitude, 144 degrees 20 minutes East longitude (approximately 570 miles north of Tinian).

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