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Dabney, William L

Individual Personnel Data
Name Dabney, William L
Rank Second Lieutenant
Serial Number O-817822
Unit Assignments
  • Assigned to the 544th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #232 dated 24 November 1944, effective 24 November 1944.
  • Assigned to a non-384th unit, per 544th Bomb Squadron Morning Report - Casual Pool, 70th Reinforcement Depot, Station 594, effective 30 May 1945.
Duty Co-pilot
MOS1091 - Pilot, B-17
Last Duty Date 30 May 1945
Results Transferred
Additional Information
Transferred to Navigator training.
Related Documents Accident Report # 45-01-22-526 (4.348 MB)
Photo Album:Crew Photo Album




Crew Composition When Assigned to the 384th BG
Replacement Combat Crew
CREWMEMBER POSITION RESULTS
2nd Lt. Milligan, George Robert, Jr, "BOB"PilotCT
2nd Lt. Dabney, William LCo-pilotTR
2nd Lt. Britt, Leo TNavigatorCT
2nd Lt. Miller, Leland EdwardBombardierWIA
CPL. Brooks, William RalphRadio Operator / GunnerMIA
SGT. Ray, Virgie NewtonEngineer / Top Turret GunnerCT
CPL. Horvath, Emil LouisBall Turret GunnerCT
CPL. Cline, Ellis WallaceTail GunnerCT
CPL. Finstad, Berton RobertFlexible GunnerCT

Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 10 Combat Missions.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
238 11 December 1944 Target: Road & Rail Bridge
Type: Transportation
Location: Mannheim, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑102430 Combat Mission Credit
Lead Squadron, B Group, Hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
240 18 December 1944 Target: Road Junction
Type: Transportation
Location: Gemünd, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑102459 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
241 19 December 1944 Target: Railway Junction
Type: Transportation
Location: Glaadt, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑102459 Scrubbed: Did Not Take Off
Did not take off due to weather which deteriorated after lead aircraft took off.
Sortie Report
242 23 December 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Ehrang, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑37822 Combat Mission Credit
Landed away at Framlingham due to weather.
Sortie Report
246 30 December 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Limburg, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑97320 Aborted Mission After Taking Off
Ground Spare Aircraft; replaced 42‑37703. Milligan aborted 703 after takeoff, returned and moved his crew to this Spare Aircraft. Once he was again airborne, it was too late to catch up to the Group, and he returned to base.
Sortie Report
246 30 December 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Limburg, Germany
Co-pilot 43‑37703 Aborted Mission After Taking Off
Lost #3 engine after takeoff. Returned to base and moved his crew to 42‑97320.
Sortie Report
247 31 December 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Neuss, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑98000 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
248 1 January 1945 Target: Oil Storage Depot
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Derben, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑102620 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron flying spare; joined formation.
Sortie Report
251 5 January 1945 Target: Landing Ground
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Neiderbreisig, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑97320 Scrubbed: Did Not Take Off
Did not take off.
Sortie Report
252 7 January 1945 Target: Enemy Strong Point
Type: Military
Location: Blankenheim, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑102661 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
253 8 January 1945 Target: Railroad
Type: Transportation
Location: Kyllburg, Germany
Co-pilot 43‑38850 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
254 10 January 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Bonn, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑37822 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
259 22 January 1945 Target: Synthetic Oil Refinery
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Sterkrade, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑102620 Combat Mission Credit
Landed at Grafton Underwood with a locked right main wheel (caused by battle damage) and was struck from behind by the next aircraft.
Sortie Report
260 23 January 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Neuss, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑37788 Combat Mission Credit
Landed away at Sudbury Airfield, AAF Station 174.
Sortie Report

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