DAVISON, WILLIAM O., Staff Sergeant, # 15346311, USAAF

 

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He was sent overseas to China to 20th Air Force. On 19 March 1946 a B-17G, # 44-83779, assigned to 20th Air Force, Hokusekiko, Formosa, departed the Kingman airfield at Shanghai, China, at 0106 Zulu, on an IFR (instruments) flight to Nichols Field, Manila, Philippines. Last radio contact was at 1030 hrs, CST when it was 180 miles east of the coast of China. Bad icing conditions were prevalent. Gen. Parker had been cleared to 7,000’ between Shanghai and Nichols Field. Search was conducted by 8th AF and Pacific Air Command, 13th AF, Manila, with numerous B-29s (24 aircraft) and 85th Fighter Wing aircraft. The burned wreckage of the B-17 was found on northern Formosa. Civilians found it first and did not turn over personal effects they recovered.

 

SPENCE, SAMUEL JAMES, JR., Private, # 12240534, USAAF

 

Samuel J. Spence Jr. was born on 11 September 1926 in New York to Samuel J. Spence (1898-1946) and Edna (Putnam) Spence (1903-1980) (married 4 April 1923). Siblings were Robert Spence (1929-1929), Richard E. Spence (1930-1993), Phyllis J. (Spence) Garnsey (1933-    ), Daniel E. Spence (1936-    ), Rodger A. Sppence (1939-    ), Patricia A. Spence (1942-2012), and three more siblings.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Rochester, New York, on 23 February 1945. He was sent overseas to China to 20th Air Force, Headquarters Squadron. On 19 March 1946 a B-17G, # 44-83779, assigned to 20th Air Force, Hokusekiko, Formosa, departed the Kingman airfield at Shanghai, China, at 0106 Zulu, on an IFR (instruments) flight to Nichols Field, Manila, Philippines. Last radio contact was at 1030 hrs, CST when it was 180 miles east of the coast of China. Bad icing conditions were prevalent. Gen. Parker had been cleared to 7,000’ between Shanghai and Nichols Field. Search was conducted by 8th AF and Pacific Air Command, 13th AF, Manila, with numerous B-29s (24 aircraft) and 85th Fighter Wing aircraft. The burned wreckage of the B-17 was found on northern Formosa. Civilians found it first and did not turn over personal effects they recovered. His remains were buried in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines (Block N, Row 5, Grave 43).