Davis, William R. Capt.

by William M Davis
(Richmond, Va. USA)

Capt. William R. Davis

Capt. William R. Davis

My Dad William R. Davis and James Bishop crew

James Bishop crew was assigned to the 515th Squadron.

Bishop, James P. Pilot
Vanvakerides, Gregory T. Co-Pilot
Gill, James R. b. Navigator
Davis, William R. Bombardier

My Dad W R Davis passed away 2009 What a guy.

Holmes, James D. Engineer
Norris, John H. Radio Operator
Mynatt, Jr., Robert T. Waist Gunner
Pennington, Troy (NMI). Tail Turret
Chipoletti, Weido (NMI). Nose Turret
Boothby, Jr., Thomas D. Ball Turret

Just before my father died I found Mr. Boothby's phone number and arranged for him to speak with my Dad. They had written to each other for years but this was the first time they had actually spoken in more than 60 years. What a charge they got out of it.
as of 9/23/13 Mr. Boothby is doing OK he is 89.

Shot down 10/17/1944 over Vienna. Ditched in Adriatic Sea.
In the attic my son found a 7 Page report typed on old onion skin paper by W R Davis.
Quite a story Will add later after I copy text.

Truly the greatest generation

Dad past down his experience, love of country and patriotism to me
Me to my son and now him to his son.

William M Davis. Son. age 62
Kevin D. Davis. Grandson. age 43
Kade T Davis. Great-grandson. age 6

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Feb 24, 2016
Step-Granddaughter of Thomas D Boothby Jr
by: Deanna Soost

Hello, thank you so much for sharing this story. It's with a heavy heart that I must tell you Thomas Boothby Jr. passed away February 14th, 2016.

I am Deanna, his step-granddaughter. I knew very little about his past and it's awesome to find this story about him and his comrades. Prayers to all of the families of these gentlemen. Please, if you have photos and stories or anything regarding Thomas Boothby Jr.'s military history I would greatly appreciate a copy. My email is smltwnrocker@gmail.com.

Again, thank you for sharing!

Jul 21, 2014
Thank you!
by: Neal A. Chipoletti


A great tribute to America's "greatest generation" and your father! Thanks for posting!!!!

Jul 21, 2014
Thank you!
by: Neal A. Chipoletti


A great tribute to America's "greatest generation" and your father! Thanks for posting!!!!

Jul 21, 2014
Great Page ...
by: Jay Chipoletti

Great page of your Dad. So much to be thankful for from that generation. This is a great website to help preserve a little bit of the history...

Thank you ... Captain William R. Davis.
Maybe gone but NEVER forgotten!

Sep 24, 2013
by: Clark A. Baldon

Great story!!! Add the rest...:0)

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