M.620 First Officer  William Francis Deems 
 flag usa  b. 1 May 1916, Easton, Maine  7 Jul 1941 to 6 Jul 1942  

 ata william deems ATA



Original surname Stevens; Deems by adoption

Father Dr. Oren Manfred Deems [An Ear Nose and Throat specialist, living at 20 Maple St., Springfield, Mass.] Mother Winifred [Purdy], deceased

Ed. at Westminster School, Simsbury, Conn. and University of Pennsylvania, PA

m. 1939 Mary Lou or Marjory L [Ameluxen, b. 1919, later Marsh], 1 son Oren Louis b. 1939

prev. a Flying Instructor for Barnes Air Services, Westfield, Mass.

Address in 1941: 122 Pleasantview Ave., Longmeadow, Mass.

Postings: 1FPP, 3FPPP, 16FPP

Suspended for 14 days in Mar-42 for Neglect of Duty prejudicial to the interests of ATA - "flying F/O Anderson ... which was 130 off course" [Not sure what happened, or if this was Opal or Homer Anderson].

Off sick from 16 May to 5 Jun 1942 with acute tonsillitis;

Either "A fair pilot but a bad officer" (Stan Ogden, OC 3FPP) or "has worked hard and given every satisfaction whilst on my strength" (OC 16FPP)

 Sailed from Cardiff to New York on the 28 Jul 1942 with fellow ATA pilot Ralph Jacobson.

Married Edith [Richardson] in 1975 but they are listed as defaulters on a mortgage in Burlington, Vermont in 1977, and they then divorced.

 d. 18 Nov 2008, Manatee, FL 


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