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Sawyer William A.

Name:
William A. Sawyer
Rank:
Staff Sergeant
Serial Number:
18163248
Unit:
704th Bomber Squadron, 446th Bomb Group, Heavy
Date of Death:
1944-06-08
State:
Oklahoma
Cemetery:
Tablets of the Missing at Brittany American C
Plot:
Row:
Grave:
Decoration:
Air Medal, Purple Heart
Comments:

SSgt William A. Sawyer, left waist gunner of the B-24 Liberator 42-109830 “Daisy Mae Scraggs”, took off from station 125 Bungay, Suffolk, UK on a bombing mission over Granville. The aircraft’s engines were in need of maintenance and its crew was “flak happy” and replete with officers who had never met. The weather also conspired against them, enabling only seven bombers to fly to the secondary target, Granville, as the primary was obstructed by clouds. Turning off the bomb run over Granville, they came under attack by Me-109s. The plane’s flight deck caught fire. With no one to put it out and the fire spreading to the bomb bay, the pilot ordered the crew to bail out but stayed on to level the plane off. That didn’t save Sawyer, who died in the flames.