Wilford J Willy

Wilford J Willy

World War II · US Navy · Lieutenant
World War II (1939 - 1945)
Awards

Navy Cross

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Service Number

2282397 (Enlisted)

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Service Number

O-137078

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Rank

Lieutenant

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Rank

Lieutenant, U.S. Navy

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Regiment

United States Navy

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Conflict Period

World War II

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WW2 Service Fact

Reported missing 12AUG44 after mid-air explosion of PB4Y1 over Suffolk England along with pilot Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. (Serial: O-116667)

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Branch

Navy

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Served For

United States of America

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Stories about Wilford J Willy

Lieutenant Wilford John Willy

    https://aviationtrails.wordpress.com/2015/09/20/raf-fersfield-the-last-flight-of-joseph-kennedy-jnr-and-wilford-willy/

    Sadly, Lieutenant Wilford J. Willy (s/n: O-137078), has remained in the shadows probably because the status of Joseph Kennedy Jnr. A tragic loss nonetheless and no less an important one. Willy was born 13th May 1909, New Jersey. He enlisted in the Navy in 1928, gaining his Naval Wings on April 30th 1937, just two years after he had married his sweetheart, Edna C. Schaffery, the women he left behind. On advancing through the rank of Chief Petty Officer, he was awarded Lower Grade Lieutenant (April 28th 1942) and two months later, on June 26th, he achieved the rank of Lieutenant. Willy served at a number of operational stations, including Pearl Harbour, before being posted to RAF Fersfield, in Norfolk.

    Willy, now an expert in Radio Operations and procedures, became the Executive Officer of the Special Air Unit One (S.A.U.1), the rank he achieved when he took off with Kennedy on August 12th 1944.

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