671st BS Patch

416th Bombardment Group (L)

2Lt. William Daniel Minnicks

Pilot,  O-747856

Killed In Training - Feb 14, 1944

671st Bombardment Squadron (L)


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      Born: 06-May-1922, Franklin, Simpson County, Kentucky

Entered Military Service: Date: 4-Jul-1942 At: Camp Forrest, TN From: Simpson County, Kentucky
NARA Enlistment Record: Enlisted Serial # 14050310

Buried: Greenlawn and Shady Rest Cemetery, Franklin, Kentucky

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Nature of Accident: "While engaged in evasive maneuvers with pursuit the pilot pulled up sharply into the clouds and while in the clouds attempted a steep spiral developing into nearly a half roll when coming out of the clouds. In an attempt to come out of the half roll, the pilot pulled the airplane into a high speed stall and crashed." Cause of Accident: "Attempting to perform violent maneuvers while at too low an altitude and the fact that momentary instrument conditions were encountered while beginning the violent maneuvers."

On a local flight made on 14 February 2nd Lt. William D. Minnicks of Franklin, Kentucky was killed when his plane, and A-20-G stalled and dove into the ground. This was the first loss by the Group on foreign soil.
(416th BG History 1944)

See also AAR 44-2-14-501

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Source information can be viewed at WWII Military Service Fatalities Sources

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