His brother, James J. Allt, born 11 October 1915, enlisted in the USAAF in Boston, Massachusetts, with him on 26 December 1941. He died 22 June 1955.

GARDNER, WILLIAM F., Staff Sergeant, # 17127217, USAAF

 

William F. Gardner was born in 1925 in Kansas City, Missouri, to Walter Lee Gardner (1899-1978) and Grace V. (Stotler) Garner (1899-1987). Siblings included Harold Earl Gardner (1920-2003) and a sister, Betty Jane (Gardner) Miller (1926-2009).

 

He enlisted in the USAAF at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, on 23 October 1942. He was trained as an armorer, responsible for the maintenance, repair, and function of all the weapons (excluding bombs) on the B-25 Mitchell and was trained to fire and operate the .50 caliber aerial machineguns. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 18 September 1944, a B-25J, # 43-3956, assigned to 10th Air Force, 12th Bomb Group, 83rd Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Fenny, India, on a bombing mission over Bhamo, Burma. It was last seen at about 1140 hours NW of Monywa, Burma, near 22º 27’ North & 97º 20’ East. The last to see the B-25J was 1stLt Max W. Maxwell, 0-662967. Lt. Maxwell reported that he was flying a B-25J following Lt. Holland. The formation was ordered to spread out as it entered a line of thunderstorms. He got through with some violent turbulence. Coming out, he saw Lt. Holland and another bomber make a left turn in about a 35º bank to avoid a collision. He also sharply turned left and lost sight of Lt. Holland because of more violent storms. They were at about 13,000 feet. He did not see Lt. Holland’s bomber again. That was near the village of Okshingyi, Burma, north of Monywa. The remains of the crew were recovered but were indistinguishable and were buried in a common grave in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, Missouri, on 20 August 1949 (Sec. 82, Graves 87 & 88).