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Here is information on William Lawver
Sgt William W Lawver was assigned to the 301st BG 352nd Squadron.
The following information on William Lawver is gathered and extracted from military records. We have many documents and copies of documents, including military award documents. It is from these documents that we have found this information on Sgt Lawver. These serviceman's records are nowhere near complete and we are always looking for more material. If you can help add to William Lawver's military record please contact us.
Here is some information on Leo Thorton.
S/Sgt Leo J Thornton was assigned to the 301st BG 32nd Squadron.Leo J. Thornton was from Hyde Park, Boston, MA and served in WWII . He was was awarded two Purple Hearts. He survived several plane crashes. He was injured during the war and walked with a cane. The story of this crash was actually told to the family one evening by the co-pilot of his plane who visited our home. Because he was injured during the war he walked with a cane. He was one of seven children, three of whom served in the war. He had just turned 17 in December when he was recruited at his high school. They said they would send diplomas to those who enlisted. My father and his brother were listed as missing in action for a long time during the war. He had three children and was the best father
The following information on Leo Thornton is gathered and extracted from military records. We have many documents and copies of documents, including military award documents. It is from these documents that we have found this information on S/Sgt Thornton. These serviceman's records are nowhere near complete and we are always looking for more material. If you can help add to Leo Thornton's military record please contact us.
* Documents are of the type/classification of "General Order" for most award documents. The listed documents are GO, General Order unless otherwise stated. For example. Special Orders.
Thank you! I'm trying to figure out if Leo Thornton and William Lawver or William Lawler? or William Sullivan were on any of the same missions. Leo J. Thornton was on at a few missions that were not with the 32nd squadron from what I can tell. Is there any documentation on this? There should be three planes that were lost or crashed that he was on. One crashed in Germany, one was landed with engine problems in Yugoslavia (all returned on another Cargo plane) and one crashed at the Lucera air base on April 12, 1945. He also has a purple heart. I believe for the crash in Germany he was flying with a different squadron that was in Italy at the same time. Not sure if they have records like this. I would like to update his profile if possible. I know he received a Good conduct Metal and and Air metal, and a third metal received AM/10LC Air Medal Oak Leaf Cluster, General Order (GO)* 2420; Issuing Authority: 15th Air Force and a purple heart. I have the number of the purple heart if that is needed to confirm.
How do I update the list?
Are there photos of William Lawver, William Lawler and William Sullivan stationed in Italy between November 1944 and April 1945. Photos would be very helpful.
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We searched the National Archives Catalog and located a series titled World War II Combat Operations Reports, 1941 - 1946 in the Records of the Army Air Forces ( Record Group 18) that includes the file unit titled 8th Air Force: 301st Bomb Group, which are arranged by date of mission. There are approximately 97 file units for 8th Air Force, 301st Bomb Group. For more information about these non-digitized records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at email@example.com.
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