Wilford J Willy

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Lieutenant Wilford John Willy

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    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.

    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.

      Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr, Pilot flight engineer, Lt Wilford J. Willy

        On August 12 1944, Lt. Kennedy and his flight engineer, Lt Wilford J. Willy took off in a converted B-24 carrying 21,000 pounds of en route to the Nazis operating the V-3 battery at La Forteresse de Mimoyecques, in what would have been the first official attack using the newfangled UAV system. Unfortunately, the plane never got there as the explosives detonated prematurely, just before it crossed the English Channel, killing the crewmen instantly.http://gizmodo.com/the-secret-us-drone-program-that-killed-jfks-eldest-bro-1621597589