669th BS Patch

416th Bombardment Group (L)

1Lt. William Harmond Palin

Bombardier/Navigator,  O-748094

Evaded Capture

669th Bombardment Squadron (L)

WWII-Medal

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  Born: 24-Apr-1924, Newtown, Fountain County, Indiana

Entered Military Service: Date: 29-Jun-1942 At: La Fayette, IN
NARA Enlistment Record: Enlisted Serial # 15095899

POW summary:
Fail to Return Date: 6-Jun-1944
Evaded Capture for 3 months until Liberated by Allies
Return Date: 5-Sep-1944

Died: 2-Apr-2018, La Feria, Cameron County, Texas

On-line Memorials:
National World War II Registry



Obituary

William Harmond Palin

April 22, 1924 April 2, 2018

William Harmond Palin was born on April 22, 1924 and passed away on April 2, 2018 and is under the care of Heavenly Grace Funeral Home.

DignityMemorial.com - William Harmond Palin On-Line Obituary (PDF)



William Harmond Palin

La Feria, Texas

Apr 22, 1924 Apr 2, 2018

William Palin passed away on April 2, 2018. Funeral Home Services for William are being provided by Heavenly Grace Funeral Home of La Feria, TX.

Legacy.com - William Harmond Palin On-Line Obituary (PDF)



Extracts from Palin, William H. (1st Lt.) Escape & Evasion Report EE-1482 (Original NARA Report)


MIS-X Report Number: EE-1482
Interviewed by I.S.9 (WEA): 5 Sep 44
Date missing in action: 6 June [1944]
Date arrived in UK: 1-Feb-44
[NOTE, This is the date Palin came to the UK from the USA, not the date he was returned after evading capture]

Narrative (Appendix "C")

1st Lt. WM. H. PALIN - "C"

I was bombardier of an A-20 shot down near ROCQUEMONT, 27 KM NE of ROUEN, on 6 June 44. I was taken by Maquis to the farm of M. MAURICE LEROY, at BEAUMONT. I stayed here until Canadian troops arrived in this vicinity. M. et MME PIERRE WALLET, of ROCQUEMONT, were particularly helpful. They had also helped a great many other Allied fliers during the past four years.

I was evacuated by Canadians on about 1 September.


Narrative 2

PALIN

Bombardier A-20 hit by flak. Came down near Rocquemont, 27 km NE of Rouen. Was taken to Maquis farm at Beaumont, where he was kept until Brit troops arrived in vicinity. Was in house of M. Maurice Leroy. Was particularly aided by M et Mme Pierre Wallet, who lived at Rocquemont and had helped a great many Allied fliers during the past four years. Their house was also Hq of the Maquis.

When I contacted Canadians I went by jeep to Bayeux, thence to airstrip, thence to UK.



French Helpers listed in Escape & Evasion Report EE-1482:

    M. MAURICE LEROY, BEAUMONT
    M. et MME PIERRE WALLET, ROCQUEMONT

See E&E Reports for general information.




MACR 6045 Details



Notes:
A/C Seen to Crash. Lost as a result of Enemy Anti-Aircraft and Other Circumstances. Crash landed just after target.

Description:
Two box leader's planes, Maj. Meng's and Maj. Campbell's, were hit even before they reached the target. ... Maj. Campbell was unable to make it. As the crews reported it, he kept his plane under control and appeared to make a normal landing in an open field in France. With him were Lt. William H. Palin, S/Sgt. Harold R. Hatch, and S/Sgt. James B. Thompson.
(416th BG History 1944)

See also Mission # 68




Photos and Documents
Birth Certificate
Indiana
1930 US Census
1940 US Census
WW II Draft Registration
30-Jun-1940
WW II Draft Registration
30-Jun-1940
Newspaper Clipping
Journal And Courier
05-Jul-1943
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Journal And Courier
17-Aug-1943
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The Indianapolis News
18-Aug-1943
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Journal And Courier
09-May-1944
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Journal And Courier
20-May-1944
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Journal And Courier
25-May-1944
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The Indianapolis Star
28-May-1944
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Journal And Courier
23-Jun-1944
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The Indianapolis News
13-Jul-1944
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Journal And Courier
15-Aug-1944
Passenger List
Return to USA
27-Sep-1944
Newspaper Clipping
Journal And Courier
22-Mar-1945
Newspaper Clipping
Journal And Courier
14-Apr-1945
Marriage Index
California
20-Apr-1945
Newspaper Clipping
Journal And Courier
26-Jun-1945
City Directory
1948 Lafayette, IN
Yearbook
1948 Purdue Univ
Yearbook Portrait
1948 Purdue Univ
Newspaper Clipping
Journal And Courier
09-Jan-1948
Newspaper Clipping
Journal And Courier
10-Jun-1948
WW II Honoree
 
 
 
 




See also:
View video interview with Dave Andrews by Wayne Sayles
Relating the ordeal of Lt. William H. Palin on this mission.


See Also:
Prisoner Of War (POW) Camps
Escape & Evasion (E&E) Reports
POW/E&E Terms and Acronyms
POW/E&E Sources, References, Resources