- Crew chosen for its "outstanding performance and efficiency."
Standing: Daniel Peller, William Casey, William Nobles,
Jack Zonker, Robert Leake, Ulysses Seymour.
Kneeling: Lawrence Doelling, William Frederick, Jack Hibbs.
pictured: Glen Allen
2Lt William R. Frederick Crew (L-R)
Standing: Daniel Peller - TG, William Casey - TTG, Jack Zonker - RO,
William Nobles - NTG, Robert Leake - BTG, Ulysses Seymour - E.
Kneeling: Glen Allen - N, William Frederick - P, Lawrence
Doelling - CP, Jack Hibbs - B.
(Photo: Rick Frederick)
2Lt William Ransom Frederick's crew managed to fly five combat missions
prior to their loss on a night training flight on September 9, 1944. All of these occurred in August,
one to France and four to Germany (see mission list below).
statements by the navigator and bombardier who managed to bIt is not known exactly what type
of training the crew was undertaking on September 9th, records stating only that they were "participating in a night cross-country
flight." The cause of the crash is unknown, but from ail out, it is possible that the plane either
flew through the prop wash of another aircraft or encountered a downdraft that put the ship out of control at too low an altitude
from which the pilots could recover.
Daniel Peller, tail gunner, was not aboard the aircraft on September 9th. Records show that he was transferred to the 754th
Squadron in October 1944 most likely as a gunner on 1Lt James J. Boyle, Jr's. crew. 2Lt Glen C. Allen was assigned to the
crew of 1Lt Charles E. Mitchell as their navigator. He completed his tour with that
lead crew in the 755th Squadron on April 10, 1945. 2Lt Jack R. Hibbs was assigned to the 752nd Squadron as 2Lt Harry H. Perry,
Jr's. bombardier. While no further mention of him is made in the squadron records, Lt Perry completed his tour of missions
on March 31, 1945 and it is possible that Lt. Hibbs finished his combat tour around this time as well.
Frederick, William Ransom
1916 - 1944
Death Date: 9 Sep 1944
Cemetery: Cambridge American Cemetery
Cemetery Burial Plot: Plot D Row 4 Grave
Cemetery City: Cambridge
Cemetery Country: England
WAR: World War II
Awards: Air Medal
Title: Second Lieutenant
Service: U.S. Army Air Forces
Service ID: O-705924
Division: 755th Bomber Squadron, 458th Bomber
Data Source: World War II Honor Roll
Thanks to Darin Scorza at the 458th Bomb Group for permitting access to his material.
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