Missing Air Crew Report 4202: B-24H, 42-52289, 1st Lt. Willard H. Sampson; Lost 20 April 1944.

Crew Biographies Below MACR

1st Lt. Sampson, Willard Herbert (O-679124). Born 8 April 1921 in Minnesota. Son of Carl Hugabart and Olga C. (Nelson) Sampson. Lived in Crookston, Minnesota. Enlisted in the AAC 10 February 1941. Assigned to 742nd BS, 455 BG. Awards include Purple Heart Medal and Air Medal with oak leaf cluster. KIA 20 April 1944. Position on aircraft, Pilot.

2nd Lt. Horstman, Edward Louis (O-691928. Born 5 February 1920 in Los Angeles, CA. Son of Edwin William and Helen A. (Moore) Horstman. Attended Eagle Rock High School, CA. Attended the University of Southern California. Enlisted 20 October 1941 at Los Angeles. Survived crash on 20 April 1944. Incarcerated at Stalag Luft 3 Sagan-Silesia Bavaria/Moved to Nuremberg-Langwasser. Married Muriel May Older 1 September 1943. Served through the Korean War in the USAF, retired as a Lt. Col. Died 6 December 2003 in Los Angeles. Buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Los Angeles. Position on aircraft, Navigator.

2nd Lt. Neil, Warren (O-690965). Son of Norine Kelly. Born 28 May 1916 in Yates Center, KS. Married Evelyn M. Lindstrom 27 April 1942 in CA. Worked as a self-employed music teacher before the war. KIA 20 April 1944. Buried at Plot D Row 2 Grave 40 Florence American Cemetery Florence, Italy. Awards include Air Medal with oak leaf cluster and Purple Heart Medal. Position on aircraft, Copilot.

2nd Lt. Adams, Paul Stillman (O-751790). Born 23 March 1919. Son of Joseph M. and Elsie Anna Adams. Enlisted in AAC 23 July 1941. KIA 20 April 1944. Buried at Beverly National Cemetery, NJ. Position on aircraft, Bombardier.

T/Sgt. Hamilton, Ross Allen (33399605). Born 25 September 1919. Son of Ray L. and Zelda Bertha Hamilton. Lived in Canonsburg, PA. Enlisted in the Army 10 November 1942 at Pittsburgh, PA. KIA 20 December 1944. Buried at Florence American Cemetery, Florence, Italy. Position on aircraft, Radio operator.

T/Sgt. Carroll, John Allen (11102770). Born 25 May 1923 in Greenwich, Connecticut. Son of Daniel Griffin and Marie Elizabeth (Flanagan) Carroll. Enlisted in the Army 24 November 1942 in Hartford, Connecticut. Died 20 April 1944. Buried Rye Brook, New York. Position on aircraft, Engineer/Gunner.

S/Sgt. Webb, Charles Roy Jr (17076406). Born 8 December1923 in Kansas City, MO. Son of Charles R. and Ida (?) Webb. Enlisted Jefferson Barracks Missouri 7 August 1942. Awards include Air Medal with 2 oak leaf clusters and Purple Heart Medal. Died 20 April 1944. Buried at Florence American Cemetery and Memorial, Florence, Italy. Position on aircraft, Assistant radio operator/Gunner.

S/Sgt. Charles, William Stanley (15339377). Born 31 July1923 in Freeburn, Kentucky. Son of Juanita (Hatchett) and Drewey Herbert Charles of Edgarton, WV. Lived in Crockett City, Texas through early 1930s and 1940. Enlisted in the Army 23 November 1942 at Fort Thomas, Newport, KY. Killed in Action 20 April 1944. Buried Walter W Charles Cemetery, Phelps, KY. Awards include Air Medal and Purple Heart Medal. Position on aircraft, Assistant engineer/Gunner.

S/Sgt. Gardner, James W. See: HERE.