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William Burl Pelton




  • Lawrence Kahl

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Tail Gunner | 340th Bomb Group

Units served with

  • 12th Air Force

    12th Air Force

    The 12th Air Force was established in the USA during the Second World War to provide the Army Air Force component of Operation Torch (the invasion of French North Africa) in 1942. The Air Force initially moved to England for training before...

  • 340th Bomb Group

    340th Bomb Group

    Activated on 20 August 1942. The 340th. Bombardment Group trained with B-25's for duty overseas. They arrived in the Mediterranean theater in March 1943. Assigned first to the Ninth Air Force and later (in August 1943) to the Twelfth. Served in combat...

  • 488th Bomb Squadron


Associated Place


Event Location Date
Born Bolivar, New York 10 June 1924
Lived in Olean, New York 30 June 1942
Enlisted Atlantic City, New Jersey 26 February 1943
Died Tyrrhenian Sea off of Corsica 16 March 1945

The a/c Pelton was piloting, B-25J 43-27551, crashed in flames into the Tyrrhenian Sea shortly after takeoff.

Buried Sicily-Rome American Cemetery and Memorial 1946

No Known Grave
(likely entombed in sunken a/c)

Tablets of the Missing
Sicily-Rome American Cemetery
Sicily-Rome American Cemetery
Piazzale Kennedy, 1


Date Contributor Update
03 June 2021 22:09:00 466thHistorian Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations