42-108930       C47A

 

On 18 August 1944 a C-47A Skytrain, # 42-108930, assigned to 14th Air Force, 27th Troop Carrier Squadron, Yunnanyi, China, departed its airfield on a combat mission to resupply troops. It was shot down by enemy aircraft southwest of Mangshih, China, at about 1600 hrs. Aboard were:

                                         Pilot                             Capt. William B. Williamson Jr.            0-424321

                                         Co-Pilot                       1stLt Charles B. Bierbaum                   0-540131

                                         Crew Chief                  TSgt Harold P. Holmes                       39691533

                                         Radio Operator            SSgt Joe T. Mann Jr.                            38412197

Three cargo “kickers” from the 3rd Air Cargo Squadron (names not listed on MACR). It was last seen by Capt. James G. Owen Jr., 0-669779. The C-47 was located and 6 of 7 bodies found (that of TSgt Holmes not found).

The next-of-kin listed were:

                                       Williamson      William B. Williamson, F, 124 State St., Augusta, Maine

                                       Bierbaum         Mary W. Bierbaum, M, 3636 Garfield Ave. South, Minneapolis, Minn.

                                       Holmes            Elomore S. Holmes, W, 4188 Belmont St., Fresno, CA

                                       Mann               W, 410 Sidney St., Houston, TX

WILLIAMSON, WILLIAM BURNELL, JR., Captain, # 0-424321, USAAF

 

William B. Williamson Jr. was born 9 November 1916 in Augusta, Kennebec Co., Maine, to William B. Williamson (1892-1962) and Ida (Gartley) Williamson (1892-1985). Siblings included Joseph W. Williamson (1919-2009) and Richard Gartley Williamson (1924-2002).

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Kennebec Co., Maine, on 30 December 1940. After enlisting, he completed flight instruction through advanced schools, was multi-engine rated, and earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas through India to China, assigned to fly the C-47 Skytrain. On 18 August 1944 a C-47A Skytrain, # 42-108930, assigned to 14th Air Force, 27th Troop Carrier Squadron, Yunnanyi, China, departed its airfield on a combat mission to resupply troops. It was shot down by enemy aircraft southwest of Mangshih, China, at about 1600 hrs. It was last seen by Capt. James G. Owen Jr., 0-669779. The C-47 was located and 6 of 7 bodies found (that of TSgt Holmes not found). The C-47, at about a hundred feet, banked to allow kickers to push cargo out, was hit by groundfire. SSgt Holmes was fatally wounded. His remains were first buried in the American military cemetery in Kunming, China, then brought to the U.S. After recovery, Capt. Williamson’s remains were buried in the Forest Grove Cemetery, Augusta, Kennebec Co., Maine.

 

His brother, Joseph G. Williamson, born 11 February 1919, served in the U.S. Army Coast Artillery Corps from 7 October 1940. He died 13 December 2009 and was buried in the Forest Grove Cemetery, Augusta, Kennebec Co., Maine.