44-8818           MACR 14871

 

On 14 August 1945 a Republic Aircraft P-47N-2 Thunderbolt, “Ginger, the Blue Grass Belle,” # 44-88118, assigned to 20th Air Force, 507th Fighter Group, 465th Fighter Squadron, Ie Shima on bomber escort over Korea. The pilot was 2ndLt William Lyle McDaniel Jr., # 0-2059192. The fighter crashed near 37° 20’ North & 126° 40’ East. The P-47 was last seen in a dive and on fire with two enemy Tojo fighters on his tail and over water. Witnesses were 2ndLt Earl R. Backus, 0-810443, and 1stLt Clyde J. Whaley, 0-770132 (same squadron). His next-of-kin was William Lyle McDaniel, F, 49 E. Oak, Chicago, IL

 

MCDANIEL, WILLIAM LYLE, III, Second Lieutenant, # 0-2059192, USAAF

 

William L. McDaniel III was born on 6 November 1922 in Evanston, Cook Co., Illinois, to William L, McDaniel (Jr.) (1889-1972) (PA) and Jessie Ruth (Griegs) McDaniel (1893-1975) (IN). Sibling was Richard Bennett McDaniel ( (OH).   His father was a civil engineer in 1930. He was married to Martha “Patricia” Perkins (Holden) McDaniel (1923-2016) (DC). They had five children.

 

He registered for the WWII draft on 27 June 1942, a student, resided at 265 Prospect Ave., Highland Park, Lake Co., IL, and described himself as 5’9 ½”, 157 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. He noted a mole on his left cheek. After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction through advanced school and was assigned to fly the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas through India to China. On 14 August 1945 a P-47N-2, “Ginger, the Blue Grass Belle,” # 44-88118, assigned to 20th Air Force, 507th Fighter Group, 465th Fighter Squadron, Ie Shima on bomber escort over Korea. The fighter crashed near 37° 20’ North & 126° 40’ East. The P-47 was last seen in a dive and on fire with two enemy Tojo fighters on his tail and over water. Witnesses were 2ndLt Earl R. Backus, 0-810443, and 1stLt Clyde J. Whaley, 0-770132 (same squadron). He was captured by the enemy and a POW (Jinsen. Kores, Camp 37-126) until liberated about 24 October 1945. He died 13 February 2006was buried in the Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia (Sec. 64, Grave 4371).

 

His father, born 10 August 1989, served in the U.S. Navy Reserve from 27 August 1917 to 20 March 1919. He was promoted to Captain on 27 November 1917. He served overseas from 2 August 1918 to 1 March 1919. He died 22 February 1971 in Fairhope, Baldwin Co., Alabama.