He enlisted in the USAAF in Detroit, Michigan, on 30 April 1942. He completed flight instruction through advanced schools and was multi-engine rated. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 30 September 1944 a C47A Skytrain, # 43-15805, assigned to 10th Air Force, 3rd Combat Cargo Group, 11th Combat Cargo Squadron, departed its airfield at Dinjan, India, on an administrative flight to Karagapur, India.  It encountered severe weather near Lalmaniar, India, and crashed. After recovery from the American military cemetery at Kalaikunda, India, his remains were buried in the Garfield Cemetery, Kalkaska, Kalkaska Co., Michigan.

WOFFORD, WILLIAM D., Private First Class, # 69233099, USAAF

 

William D. Wofford was born on 9 February 1919 in Tennessee to William David Wofford (1871-1930) and Lula (Bell) Wofford (1883-1921) (married 24 June 1900, Humphreys Co., TN). Siblings included Lillian (Wofford) Runions (1902-1973), Leslie Lee Wofford (1904-1980), Neil Wofford (1906-    ), Arbie Lucille (Wofford) Dunnigan (1909-1939), Nettie M. (Wofford) Mosley (1910-1994), Ham P. Wofford (1913-1994), and Gertrude “Gertty” Lorine (Wofford) Ingram (1916-1988). In the 1940 census, he was living with his sister, Gertrude L. Ingram and her husband in Nashville, Davidson Co., Tennessee.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF at Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, on 6 July 1943. After enlisting in the USAAF, he was trained to maintain and monitor the mechanical systems on the B-25 Mitchell (crew chief/engineer). He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 30 September 1944 a C47A Skytrain, # 43-15805, assigned to 10th Air Force, 3rd Combat Cargo Group, 11th Combat Cargo Squadron, departed its airfield at Dinjan, India, on an administrative flight to Karagapur, India.  It encountered severe weather near Lalmaniar, India, and crashed. After recovery from the American military cemetery at Kalaikunda, India, his remains were buried in the Nashville National Cemetery, Madison, Davidson Co., Tennessee, on 15 June 1948 (Sec. BB, Grave 15).

 

His brother, Ham P. Wofford, born 13 December 1913, served in the U.S. Navy from 5 March 1942 to 9 July 1945. He died 23 January 1994 and is buried in the Crestview Memory Gardens, Gallatin, Sumner Co., Tennessee.