MCNULTY, WILLIAM BERNARD, First Lieutenant, # 0-698583, USAAF
William B. McNulty was born on 6 October 1921 in Woodstock, Illinois to Edward Patrick McNulty (1888-1962) and Veronica “Vera” C. (Cassidy) McNulty (1894-1961). Siblings were Veronica Eileen McNulty (1918- ), James Edward McNulty (1919-2007), and Donald McNulty (1925- ).
He registered for the WWII draft on 16 February 1942, employed by Briggs Manufacturing, resided at 12550 E. Caulfield Ave., Detroit, Michigan, and described himself as 5’8”, 150 lbs, with blond hair and blue eyes. After enlisting, he completed bombardier instruction through advanced schools and was assigned to act as bombardier on the B-24 Liberator. He was multi-engine rated and earned his commission and wings. He was sent overseas through India to China. On 11 February 1945 a B-24L, # 44-41448, assigned to 14th Air Force, 308th Bomb Group, 373rd Bomb Squadron, Luliang, China, departed on a night mission to bomb shipping in the Tonkin Gulf, French Indochina. Last radio contact was at 2320 Zulu, that the B-24L was heading for coordinates 21° 10’ North and 107° 30’ East and intended to bail out there. Last position was off Tien-Yen, French Indochina, near Ka-Bao Island. The following radio messages were received: 2300 – 60 miles off coast. Bad fuel lead # 3 tank. Engine # 3 on fire. 9,000’ altitude; 2305 – heading for 21° 45’ N & 108° 00’ E, intending to bail out there; 2310 – trying to make it to “Darkhorse;” 2320 – heading for 21° 10’ N & 107° 30’ E, intending to bail out there. 1stLt William H. Stafford, navigator, was the sole survivor and returned to duty 5 March 1945. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He is remembered in the Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery, Hillside, Cook Co., Illinois.
His brother, James E. McNulty, born 17 September 1919, enlisted in the U.S. Army 26 September 1941.