William Roy Dawes Jr.

1st Lt    0-802731    614th
1916 - 1944

Pilot aboard 42-38162

Mountview Cemetery, Yellowstone County, Montana.

Madingley cemetery, Camebridge, England.
Wall of missing
1916 - 1944

     William was born 1916, Cambridge, Middlesex, MA.
     They later moved to Quincy, Norfolk, Massachusetts.

     He enlisted to the air corps.

     On Aug 29, 1943 he married to Wanda Lavonne Geelhart, from Roundup, Montana

     In 1944 he arrived in England to join the 401st BG

     His last mission, Apr 9, 1944, target: Marienburg , Germany, the Group was attacked by a number
     of FW 190's.
     The B-17 , piloted by Lt. William R. Dawes, had its nose blown off and was seen going into the Baltic sea

     There were no survivors of the crew, which was nearing the end of its tour.

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

     In 1944, when William died on the age of 28 he left behind his family :

         His father, William R Dawes, age 55
         His mother, Olive M Dawes, age 44
         His brother, Robert L Dawes, age 24

Marienburg, located in East Prussia, was the most distant target yet bombed by the 401st.
Enroute back from the target, while over the Baltic Sea, the Group was attacked by a number of FW 190's.
AC was seen going into the sea.

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