Collette, William Hale, 2LT

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Last Rank
Second Lieutenant
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
AAF 775-Airplane Pilot
Last MOS Group
Aviation (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1944-1944, AAF 775, USAAF 9th Army Air Force
Service Years
1942 - 1944


Second Lieutenant

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Hickory Flat, Warren County
Last Address
Tampa, Florida

Casualty Date
Sep 18, 1944
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Land
WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)/Operation Market Garden
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Ardennes, Belgium
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot A Row 38 Grave 38

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World War II Fallen
  1944, World War II Fallen [Verified]

 Ribbon Bar

AAF Glider Pilot Badge

 Unit Assignments
USAAF 9th Army Air Force
  1944-1944, AAF 775, USAAF 9th Army Air Force
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)/Operation Market Garden
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
2nd Lt. Collette enlisted in the Army Air Corps on 11 June 1942 at Clovis, New Mexico.

In the ETO, he served as a pilot with 14th Troop Carrier Squadron, 61st Troop Carrier Group, 52nd Troop Carrier WIng, 9th Troop Carrier Command, U.S. Army Air Force. RAF Barkston Heath, Lincolnshire, England (AAF Station 483).

He was killed in action during the second day of the Operation Market Garden in Holland (Netherlands) aboard his Waco CG-4A glider (43-404397) that was brought down by FLAK.

He was interred in the Ardennes American Cemetery, Berlgium.

Note: His mother, Ludmilla, had been an Army Nurse in WWI. He left a wife, Peggy Figh, at his death.
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