William Warren Carter

T/Sgt    39829464    612th
1921 - 1944

Radio Operator aboard 42-37833 (Omar The Dentmaker)


                                                                                                Normandy cemetery, France
                                                                                                Plot : B , Row : 9 , Grave : 29.

     William was born in Feb 26, 1921, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah.

     He married Mrs. Ardus Milne Carter.

     In Aug 6, 1942 he enlisted to the air corps.
     In Oct 1943 he arrived in England to join the 401st BG

     His last mission, March 26, target: Watten , France.
     They were hit by flak over Pas de Calais and exploded.

     He was awarded with an Air Medal and a Purple Heart Medal

     In 1944, when William died on the age of 23 he left behind his family :

         His father, Fredrick A Carter, age 53
         His mother, Elizabeth Carter, age 47
         His sister, Helen E Carter, age 25
         His sister, Margaret Carter, age 24

Mission to Watten, France, operation " Crossbow " (Nazi rocket sites), just before bomb run, plane was hit by flak.
Chrashed near Bouquemaison, France.

                         It was on Sunday morning, March 26, 1944, the crew was called to an early briefing.

        L - R, back row: Michael R. Walsh - William M. Rumsey - Donald B. Roberts - Lt. Colonel White.
                    L - R Front row: Harold S. Arnold - WILLIAM W. CARTER - Irving I. Lieberman - Ivan R. Lee.

     The target was Pas de Calais, france and the V-1 installlations from which the Germans launched their
     rocket attacks on Britain.
     It was considered a mild run as serious opposition was seldom encountered recently.

     The crew crossed the channel and headed towards the Initial Point.
     No fighters were in sight, and no flak had been seen.

     It was just as the crew were starting on the bomb run that it happened.
     A shell exploded suddenly inside the plane behind the pilot.
     A single burst of flak had hit them squarly.

     The plane immediately went out of control and according to eyewitnesses from other planes, the plane
     flew upside down and backwards through the formation.

     The plane began to disintregate, wings, engines, etc, breaking off.

     Two crew members bailed out just before the plane exploded.

     A French men, J. Yaequemelle, found the bodies of the eight men, no chutes were open.
     William obviously died before coming to earth.
     He was requisitioned to take a wagon and two horses and to take the dead soldiers to the cemetery of
     their village, Bouquemaison, Somme, Picardie, France

     William and his mates were buried side by side in their uniforms.

     On June 10, 1945 the bodies of the eight airmen were exhumed by American forces to be buried in
     a military cemetry.

     William was buried in the Normandy Cemetery.

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