2/Lt. William C. Florentine Jr.


(J. Florentine)

2/Lt. William C. Florentine Jr.

338th FS - States - 13 November 1943 (Prisoner of War)

Assigned Aircraft

P-38H CL-42-66732

Mission History

5 missions

Mission List
55th FG Mission # Date Target
n/a 16 October 1943 Practice Mission (White 4)
04 18 October 1943 Sweep - Dutch Islands
09 03 November 1943 Wilhelmshaven (Blue 4) (Returned early due to 'left engine cut out')
10 05 November 1943 Gelsenkirchen (Blue 4)
13 10 November 1943 Montdidier Airdrome (Blue 4)
15 13 November 1943 Bremen (White 4)
Air Scores
Destroyed  
Probable  
Damaged  
Ground Scores
Destroyed  
Damaged  
Notes Born in Downers Grove, Illinois, 24 November 1916.
Undertook pilot training in Arizona in 1942.  Graduated in Class 43C.
Known as 'Bill'
ASN - O-740151
13 November 1943 - Prisoner of War
MACR No. 01270
Missing in action on 13th November 1943. Hit by fighters near Bremen flying P-38H CL-42-66732. Captured and made a prisoner of war.

Major Richard Busching, squadron commander, reported the ensuing R/T conversation: "Warcraft leader from Florentine, I'm on fire I guess I'll have to bail out.  Florentine from Warcraft leader, if you are on fire, bail out.  I can't help you I'm about out of gas.  Busching from Florentine, my engine's on fire I guess I'm going to have to bail out... I guess, I guess this is it."

Passed away on 23rd March 1995, in Santa Clara, CA.

Awards
Memories Bill Florentine tells his story (reproduced with kind permission from Robert M. Littlefield's book, 'Double Nickel - Double Trouble'.)

"He spent the rest of the war in Stalag Luft I up near the
north sea. Very cold. It also cured him of any taste he may have had for
cabbage." (Jeff Florentine)
Additional Photo Lt. Florentine whilst on pilot training in Arizona. (J. Florentine)
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