WEAVER, WILLIAM SEMPLE, JR., Staff Sergeant, # 33535937, USAAF
William S. Weaver was born on 11 April 1924 in Rice, Prince Edward Co., Virginia to William S. Weaver (1882-1972) and Ida Estelle (Walton) Weaver (1888-1975) (married 20 November 1910 in Prince Edward Co., VA). Siblings included Virginia B. Weaver (1912- ), Mendell Weaver (1913- ), Mildred Walton (Weaver) Jenkins (1914-2003), Ralph Weaver (1915- ), James Rollin Weaver (1917-1920), Lilly Louise (Weaver) Banks nee Bradley (1919-2005), Pamelia Adelle (Weaver) Brooks (1920-2012), and Mabel Vaughan (Weaver) Taylor (1927- ). In 1918 his father was a merchant and the U.S. Postmaster in Rice, Prince Edward Co., Virginia. In 1930 his father remained a merchant. In 1942 his father and mother still resided in Rice, VA. William S. Weaver Jr. completed one year of college at Virginia Politechnic Institute.
He registered for the WW II draft in 1942 and described himself as 5’9”, 155 lbs, with brown hair and eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF in Roanoke, Virginia, residing in Prince Edward Co., Virginia, on 19 March 1943. He was trained in the maintenance, repair and operation of the radio erquipment on USAAF transports. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 5 December 1944, a C-47A-90-DL, # 43-15821, assigned to 10th Air Force, 2nd Air Commando Group, 317th Troop Carrier Squadron, departed the recaptured airfield at Myitkyina, Burma, on a combat mission to Kunming, China, flying over “the Hump” of the Himalayan mountain range between Burma and China. The C-47A crashed about 10 kilometers West of Zhinaxiang, China, about 9 miles NE of the border with Burma (source – Aviation Safety Network web site database). All of the crew was killed. Due to the terrain, no remains were recoverable. He is remembered on the memorial wall in the Manila Americam Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Purple Heart.