Mother: Lulie Bell Lemons, father dec'd
prev. Crop Dusting for Finkles Bros. Dusting Co. in Leland, MS and Aero Crop Dusters in Avon Park, Florida
Address in 1940: Box 704, Belle Glade, Palm Beach FL
Postings: 1FPP, 14FPP, 16FPP, 4aFPP
Suspended for 1 week in November 1941;
Suspended for 7 days for Low Flying over Carlisle, in Sep 1942
2 accidents, neither his fault;
- 1 Mar 1942, he ran into a snow bank when landing a Spitfire in slippery conditions, and
- 16 Nov 1942, the starboard inner engine of his Fortress failed, but he landed successfully on the remaining three.
"Has proved to be satisfactory as a pilot, but has a poor sense of discipline"
"Since his arrival at this Pool (16FPP) he has carried out his duties well and is now showing a creditable sense of discipline."
Sailed back to the USA on the "Queen Elizabeth" on 25 Jan 1943 with fellow ferry pilots Howard L Cooper (M.512), Robert F Sliker (b. 1904 in Morrisroe NJ), Andrew J Burke (b. 1902 in Bonham Texas), Nelson E Brown (b. 1921 in Guilford, PA), Raymond P Hoover (M.345)
He was engaged to a Miss Isobel Swift in April 1943; "Miss Swift was associated with Pan-American Airways"...
... however ...
m. 24 Jun 1944 Carol 'Tootsie' [Bryant] of Dearborn, MI, the grand-niece of Henry Ford
William was "a test pilot at Henry Ford's Willow Run bomber plant"
They moved to Winter Haven, FL in 1958.
d. 12 Jan 1979 (age 61) - Winter Haven, FL. "He was a former Winter Haven City Commissioner"
His son David (b. 1947) earned his solo flying license at the age of 16 in his father's J-3 Cub and became an airline pilot for Pan American and then Alaska Airlines, retiring in 2007.
Carol d. 2012, David in 2013