William R. Davis
by William M. Davis
Aircraft No. 83 Pleasure Bent
Update on James P. Bishop crew. B-24J #83 "Pleasure Bent" Shot up over Vienna and ditched in the Adriatic Sea 10/17/1944. Whole crew survived due to the skill of the Pilot 1st Lt James P. Bishop & Co-Pilot 1st Lt. Greg T. Vanvakerides. Bishop was awarded the DFC for heroism. The navigator 1st Lt. James R. Gill was awarded The Soldiers Medal for saving the drowning Bishop after they ditched. Bombardier 1st Lt. William R. Davis was awarded the purple heart.
A few weeks later pilot 1st Lt Greg Vanvakerides had to ditch again. Do to his skill and experience from the 1st ditching he survived with only a broken leg.
10/17/1944 mission #350 Target : The Vienna South Ordinance Works. With Ploesti destroyed the preceding Summer, Vienna and Berlin were the most heavily defended targets in Europe.
Photos are of old #83 "Pleasure Bent" she now rests at the bottom of the Adriatic Sea.
William M. Davis - son of William R. Davis. Kevin Davis Grandson, Kade Davis Greatgrandson
I' still sorting through all Dad's stuff. A pile of strike photos.
Will upload as I find