1/Lt. William H. Allen


(F. Birtciel)

1/Lt. William H. Allen

343rd FS - 16 May 1944 - October 1944

Assigned Aircraft

P-38J CY-V 42-67966 "Pretty Patty"
P-51D CY-J 44-14049 "Pretty Patty II"

Mission History

89 missions
270 Hours

Mission List

Not Known

Air Scores
Destroyed
Probable  
Damaged  
Ground Scores
Destroyed  
Damaged  
Score Detail 05 September 1944  (5)Trainer destroyed (air) N/Goppingen
Notes Born on 22 April 1924, in Los Angeles, CA
Home of record - Long Beach, California
08 July 1942 - Enlisted in the US Army Reserve
02 January 1943 - Entered the Aviation Cadet Program of the USAAF
03 November 1943 - Commissioned a 2nd Lt. and awarded his pilot wings at Williams Field, Arizona
ASN - O-757941
16 May 1944 - Joined the 343rd Fighter Squadron
July 1944 - Promoted from 2nd Lieutenant to 1st Lieutenant
05 September 1944  - Destroyed 5 aircraft, to become "An Ace in a Day".
September 1944 - Awarded Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal
October 1944 - Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross
October 1944 - Awarded Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal
October 1944 - Transferred to 70th Replacement Depot
November 1944 - Awarded Oak Leaf Cluster to the Distinguished Flying Cross
Awards
Memories Bill returned to the U.S. in March 1945 and served as an instructor pilot until May 1949, when he went into Air Rescue. Capt Allen served with the 8th Air Rescue Squadron at Camp Carson, Colorado, RAF Lakenheath, England, Stead AFB, Nevada, and RAF Oxfordshire, England, from May 1952 to April 1954, followed by service with the 62nd Air Rescue Squadron at Stead AFB until September 1954. He served as Flying Safety Officer for the 3635th Combat Crew Training Wing at Stead AFB from September 1954 to September 1955, and then Flying Safety Officer at Athens, Greece, from September 1955 to April 1958. Major Allen served with the 3555th Flying Training Wing at Perrin AFB, Texas, from April 1958 to January 1962, and then served as the commander of the 3435th and 3428th School Squadrons at Lowry AFB, Colorado, from February 1962 until his retirement from the Air Force on January 31, 1963. After retiring from the Air Force, Bill worked as an accident investigator with the Civil Aeronautics Board and for the Federal Aviation Administration, and he then became an aviation safety consultant.
Additional Photo (L-R) T/Sgt. F.S. Westbrook, Sgt. W.G. Holmes, Lt. Allen and Cpl. F.W. Bandy (F. Birtciel)
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