William J. Hatton

On April 4, 1943 a 514th crew consisting of Ist Lt. William J. Hatton, pilot; 2nd Lt. Robert F. Toner, co-pilot; 2nd Lt. Dp. Hays , navigator; 2nd Lt . John S. Woravka , bombardier; T/ Sgt . Harold J. Ripslinger, engineer; T/Sgt. Robert E. LaMotte, radio operator; S/Sgt. Guy E. Shelley, asst. engineer; S/Sgt. Vernon L. Moore, asst. radio operator and S/ Sgt . Samuel E. Adams, tail gunner, departed from Soluch in the "Lady Be Good" on a high altitude attack on the harbor at Naples, Italy.

Of the twenty-four B-24s participating in the mission only the Lady Be Good failed to return to Soluch or be accounted for. The only contact with the lost crew was a terse radio distress call shortly after midnight on April 5th.

Left to right: 1 Lt. Hatton, Pilot; 2 Lt. Robert F. Toner, Co-pilot; 2 Lt. Dp Hays, Navigator; 2 Lt. John S. Woravka, Bombardier; T/Sgt. Harold J. Ripslinger, Aerial Engineer; T/Sgt. Robert E. LaMotte, Radio Operator; S/Sgt. Guy E. Shelley, Asst. Engineer-Gunner; S/Sgt. Vernon L. Moore, Asst. Radio Operator-Gunner; S/Sgt. Samuel E. Adams, Tail Gunner.


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