He was trained to maintain the weapons (and shoot the .50 caliber machinegun) and was the top turret gunner and assistant radio operator on the B-24 Liberator. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas through India to China. On 12 May 1945 a B-24M Liberator, # 44-50252, assigned to 14th Air Force, 308th Bomb Group, 373rd Bomb Squadron, on detached duty with 425th Bomb Squadron, Kwanghan, China, on a mission to bomb the Yellow River bridge. Last radio contact was with the airfield tower at Hsingching, China. The B-24 was downed and crashed near Kuang, Hunan Province, China, killing all aboard. After recovery, his remains were buried in the West Lawn Cemetery, Orange City, Sioux Co., Iowa.

WILLIAMS, HAROLD ADDISON, Sergeant, # 33830892, USAAF

 

Harold A. Williams was born on 13 July 1925 in Pennsylvania to William A. Williams (1892-1966) and Eva May (Snyder) Williams (1900-1944). A sibling Infant Williams (1924-1924)

 

He registered for the WWII draft in 1943, resided at 212 Belvedere Ave., Reading, Berks Co., PA, and described himself as 5’ 9 ½”, 155 lbs, with brown hair and hazel eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF on 7 August 1943. He was trained to maintain the weapons (and shoot the .50 caliber machinegun) and was a gunner and assistant crew chief on the B-24 Liberator. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas through India to China. On 12 May 1945 a B-24M Liberator, # 44-50252, assigned to 14th Air Force, 308th Bomb Group, 373rd Bomb Squadron, on detached duty with 425th Bomb Squadron, Kwanghan, China, on a mission to bomb the Yellow River bridge. Last radio contact was with the airfield tower at Hsingching, China. The B-24 was downed and crashed near Kuang, Hunan Province, China, killing all aboard. After recovery, his remains were buried in the Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, on 22 July 1949 (Sec. 34, Grave 4932). He is remembered by memorial on his family’s monument in the in the Alsace Lutheran Church Cemetery, Reading, Berks Co., Pennsylvania.

 

His father, born 28 August 1891 in Wolemsdorf, Pennsylvania, served during WWI; U.S. Army, Private First Class, # 1787640, first the 316 Infantry Regiment, Co. H, to 301st Tanks, Co. A, to his honorable discharge; from 2 November 1917 to 18 January 1919. He was overseas from 28 March 1918 to 18 December 1918; slightly wounded on 29 September 1918. He died 8 July 1966 and is buried in the Alsace Lutheran Church Cemetery, Reading, Berks Co., Pennsylvania. Of note is that four of the Williams’ brother served in WWI:  William A. (above); Paul Lewis (1895-1960) - U.S. Army, # 3633796, Private, Veterinary Hospital, 3 November 1918 to 28 June 1919 (overseas 16 July 1918 to 27 June 1919); Robert Daniel (1893-1948), U.S. Army, Private, # 2583567, from 24 June 1918 to 14 January 1919, (no overseas service); and Oscar F. (1890-1981) – U.S. Army, Private, # 2583391, 69th Engineers, Co. C & 20th Engineers, 10th Battalion, 22 June 1918 to 12 June 1919 (overseas 20 October 1918 to 1 June 1919).