Bill enlisted as an Aviation Cadet, Dec. 8, 1941 and received his commission and wings at Craig Field, Selma, Ala., class of 42-J. He was assigned to the 353rd Ftr. Gp.
352nd Ftr. Sq. that was sent to the 8th Air
Force in England. Here Bill flew two tours
of combat in the P-47 and P-51 with a combat record of two enemy aircraft destroyed in the air, one probably destroyed in the air,
three destroyed on the ground and one
destroyed on the ground shared.