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William Bellinger Cheney Jr


Assigned to 317FS, 325FG, 15AF USAAF. Transferred to 487FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. Ended Tour of Duty (ETD).

Awards: WWII Victory, EAME, UN and Korean medals.


Units served with

  • 15th Air Force

    15th Air Force

    The Fifteenth Air Force was one of two Strategic Air forces in Europe, along with the Eighth Air Force. ...

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 352nd Fighter Group

    352nd Fighter Group

    The 352nd Fighter Group were based at Bodney, Norfolk from July 1943 until November 1945 but in the winter months of 1944/1945 detachments moved to bases in Belgium to provide extra air support to ground forces during the Battle of the Bulge and to...

  • 325th Fighter Group

    325th Fighter Group

    The 325th was first activated as the 325th Fighter Group at Mitchel Field, New York in August 1942 with the 317th,[7] 318th,[8] and 319th Fighter Squadrons[9] assigned. It trained at Hillsgrove Army Air Field with Curtiss P-40 Warhawk aircraft[10]...

  • 487th Fighter Squadron
  • 317th Fighter Squadron

    317th Fighter Squadron

    The 317th Fighter Squadron was activated on 1 July 1942 at Theodore Green Airport, Providence, Rhode Island, as part of the 325th Fighter Group, the "Checker Tails". After six months of intensive training in the P-40 Warhawk, the 317th embarked for...


  • 42-106666

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Lt Nicholas F Hurley. Transferred to 317FS, 325FG, 15AF USAAF.

  • 44-14237 "Moonbeam McSwine"

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 487FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF.

Associated Place

  • Bodney

    Military site : airfield
    Before the Americans arrived Bodney was a grass-surfaced airfield. So when the 352nd Fighter Group arrived with heavy P-47 Thunderbolts, work was carried out to strengthen its roads and runways with steel matting, concrete and tarmac. Nissen huts also...

  • Lesina

    Military site : airfield


Event Location Date
Born Montgomery, AL, USA 10 September 1924
Enlisted Montgomery, AL, USA 30 November 1942
Based Lesina 1944 – 3 May 1945

Assigned to 317FS, 325FG, 15AF USAAF.

Flight training Lawrenceville Municipal Airport, Lawrenceville, IL 62439, USA 1944

Advanced pilot training Class 44-C, George Field AAF 1944.

Crashed 71010 Lesina FG, Italy 30 July 1944

Taxiing Accident Lesina Cat 4 damage Lt William B Cheney, 30-Jul-44.

P-51B 42-106666 - 317FS 325FG 15AF

Based Bodney 3 May 1945 – 21 July 1945

Transferred to 487FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF.

Promotion Bodney, Thetford IP26 5BX, UK June 1945

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

Crashed Bodney, Thetford IP26 5BX, UK 18 June 1945

Landing Accident Bodney/Sta 141 Cat 3 Lt William B Cheney Jr, 18-Jun-45.

P-51D 44-14237 - 487FS 352FG 8AF

End Tour of Duty (ETD) England, UK 21 July 1945

Ended Tour of Duty (ETD).

Crashed Stewart Ln, Estill Springs, TN 37330, USA 2 March 1951

Taxiing Accident Sewart AFB, TN Cat 3 damage Lt William B Cheney, 2-Mar-51.

T-6D 42-86025 - 105FS

Died 21 March 1991
Buried 829 Columbus St, Montgomery, AL 36104, USA April 1991

Oakwood Cemetery
Montgomery County, AL


Date Contributor Update
03 January 2018 20:11:40 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations

Date Contributor Update
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