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Personnel

S/Sgt

William M. HINTON

Army Serial Number: 15324472
Assigned to the 100th Bombardment Group
Location:
Unit: 350th Bombardment Squadron
Rank:
Position: Ball Turret Gunner

Additional 100th Service Notes

Status: KIA
MACR: 00678
CR: 00678
Comments: 17 AUG 43 REGENSBURG (EAC - FLAK)

Media Articles

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Media ItemTypePageVolume/IssueBroadcast SourceTimeDescriptionFile
William Hinton MissingPrintBedford Gazette Oct 1 194312:00 am
William M. Hinton KilledPrintThe Youngstown Daily Vindicator Oct 25 194312:00 am

Comments and Notes

Memo 1:
CREW
1ST LT ROY F. CLAYTOR

CREW #11 A/C #42-5862 "DURATION PLUS SIX" MACR #678

1ST LT ROY F. CLAYTOR P: EVADEE 17 AUG 43 REGENSBURG
2ND LT RAYMOND J. NUTTING, JR CP: EVADEE 17 AUG 43 REGENSBURG
2ND LT OSCAR C. AMISON, JR. NAV: POW 17 AUG 43 REGENSBURG
2ND LT KENNETH R. LORCH BOM: POW 17 AUG 43 REGENSBURG
T/SGT JOHN W. BURGIN TTE: EVADEE 17 AUG 43 REGENSBURG
S/SGT CHARLES K. BAILEY WG: EVADEE 17 AUG 43 REGENSBURG
T/SGT STEVEN S. KOPCZEWSKI ROG: KIA 25 JUL 43 KIEL (CREW #17)
S/SGT ROBERT H., WUSSOW BTG: KIA 08 OCT 43 BREMEN (with Lt Frank Meadows Crew)
S/SGT JOSEPH E. KEHOE WG: NOC
S/SGT EDWARD A. MUSANTE TG: KIA 17 AUG 43 REGENSBURG

ON THE REGENSBURG MISSION THIS CREW WAS THE LEAD CREW OF THE SECOND ELEMENT, LOW SQUADRON. AT 1020 FIGHTERS ATTACKED THE LOW SQUADRON OVER EASTERN BELGIUM AND SEVERELY DAMAGED THE AIRCRAFT CAUSING CLAYTOR TO SOUND THE BAIL-OUT ALARM. EIGHT OF THE MEN ABOARD GOT OUT SAFELY, BUT MUSANTE'S CHUTE CAUGHT ON THE HORIZONTAL STABLIZER AND WAS KILLED WHEN THE PLANE EXPLODED IN MID-AIR OR WHEN IT CRASHED. WILLIAM M. HINTON, WHO WAS FLYING IN PLACE OF ROBERT WUSSO, APPARENTLY DID NOT BAIL OUT- HE MAY HAVE STAYED TOO LONG TO ASSIST MUSANTE- AND WAS KILLED. BOTH HINTON AND MUSANTE WERE GIVEN A MILITARY FUNERAL AND WERE BURIED 20 AUG 43 ON THE AIRDROME AT ST. TROND. HINTON'S GRAVE NUMBER IS #287 AND MUSANTE'S #268


On the Regensburg mission this crew was the lead crew of the second element of
the low squadron. Wingmen were Ronald Braley and Thomas Hummel, both of
whom also went down.

At 1020 a swarm of fighters attacked the low squadron over eastern Belgium and so
severely damaged the aircraft that Claytor sounded the bail out alarm. Eight of the
men aboard got out safely but .Musante's chute caught on the horizontal stabilizer
and, when the plane exploded in mid air, or when it crashedl he was killed. A
William M. Hinton, who was flying in place of Robert H. Wussow, apparently did not
bail out he may have stayed too long to assist Musante and was killed. Both
Hinton and Musante were given a military funeral and were buried 20 August 1943
"on the Airdrame St. Trond." Hinton in grave #287 and Musante in grave #268.

Two other replacements flying on the crew that day were, William M. Quinn as radio
operator and Clifford R. Starkey as tail gunner. Starkey became a POW but Quinn
evaded capture and made it back to England.

Claytor, Nutting, Burgin and Bailey also were successful in evading capture and,
after months with the underground, got back to England. Kenny Lorch was finally
made a POW after hiding out nearly eight months

It was the 10th mission for most of the crew but only number two for Hinton.

When questioned, after the war, as to Musante, Claytor had this to say: "He was a
strange boy and was frequently given to air sickness. I think he was actually afraid
of the air. However, I mentioned having him removed from the crew several times
but he always persuaded me to keep him. He seemed to be brave and courageous
except I believe he had an inherent fear of the air. I admired him very much and
have never seen him fail in anything but I do believe he was afraid to bail out.






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Crew #11 Continued


Charles Bailey's statement as regards r~lsante was as follows: "Musante was the ~
and I was the ~. I always took a personal interest in him because I was older then
he, and he seemed to depend on me to a great extent. He always had trouble
hearing over the intercam and I always made it a point to be sure that he always
understood the cammands given over the intercom so when the pilot gave the
command to bail out I checked with Musante and he started making preparations
to bail out. ~e both went to the escape hatch and I pulled the emergency release,
and Musante stepped up to jumpl but for same reason he changed his mind, and
motioned for me to jump first. Because two engines were on fire, and the plane
seemed to be going down fast, I couldn't see any reason to waste ,more time, so I
jumped. After my chute cpened, I tried to keep ~y eye on the plane to see how
many chutes opened but all I could ever see was eight chutes.

The underground organization that helped me told me that one of the crew
members was killed when the plane went dcwn because his chute hung on the
plane and fram their description I knew it was Musante.

































15

CREW
1ST LT ROY F. CLAYTOR

CREW #11 A/C #42-5862 "DURATION PLUS SIX" MACR #678
1ST LT ROY F. CLAYTOR P: EVADEE 17 AUG 43 REGENSBURG
2ND LT RAYMOND J. NUTTING, JR CP: EVADEE 17 AUG 43 REGENSBURG
2ND LT OSCAR C. AMISON, JR. NAV: POW 17 AUG 43 REGENSBURG
2ND LT KENNETH R. LORCH BOM: POW 17 AUG 43 REGENSBURG
T/SGT JOHN W. BURGIN TTE: EVADEE 17 AUG 43 REGENSBURG
S/SGT CHARLES K. BAILEY WG: EVADEE 17 AUG 43 REGENSBURG
T/SGT STEVEN S. KOPCZEWSKI ROG: KIA 25 JUL 43 KIEL (CREW #17)
S/SGT ROBERT H., WUSSOW BTG: KIA 08 OCT 43 BREMEN
S/SGT JOSEPH E. KEHOE WG: NOC
S/SGT EDWARD A. MUSANTE TG: KIA 17 AUG 43 REGENSBURG

ON THE REGENSBURG MISSION THIS CREW WAS THE LEAD CREW OF THE SECOND ELEMENT, LOW SQUADRON. AT 1020 FIGHTERS ATTACKED THE LOW SQUADRON OVER EASTERN BELGIUM AND SEVERELY DAMAGED THE AIRCRAFT CAUSING CLAYTOR TO SOUND THE BAIL-OUT ALARM. EIGHT OF THE MEN ABOARD GOT OUT SAFELY, BUT MUSANTE'S CHUTE CAUGHT ON THE HORIZONTAL STABLIZER AND WAS KILLED WHEN THE PLANE EXPLODED IN MID-AIR OR WHEN IT CRASHED. WILLIAM M. HINTON, WHO WAS FLYING IN PLACE OF ROBERT WUSSO, APPARENTLY DID NOT BAIL OUT- HE MAY HAVE STAYED TOO LONG TO ASSIST MUSANTE- AND WAS KILLED. BOTH HINTON AND MUSANTE WERE GIVEN A MILITARY FUNERAL AND WERE BURIED 20 AUG 43 ON THE AIRDROME AT ST. TROND. HINTON'S GRAVE NUMBER IS #287 AND MUSANTE'S #268




On the Regensburg mission this crew was the lead crew of the second element of
the low squadron. Wingmen were Ronald Braley and Thomas Hummel, both of
whom also went down.

At 1020 a swarm of fighters attacked the low squadron over eastern Belgium and so
severely damaged the aircraft that Claytor sounded the bail out alarm. Eight of the
men aboard got out safely but .Musante's chute caught on the horizontal stabilizer
and, when the plane exploded in mid air, or when it crashedl he was killed. A
William M. Hinton, who was flying in place of Robert H. Wussow, apparently did not
bail out he may have stayed too long to assist Musante and was killed. Both
Hinton and Musante were given a military funeral and were buried 20 August 1943
"on the Airdrame St. Trond." Hinton in grave #287 and Musante in grave #268.

Two other replacements flying on the crew that day were, William M. Quinn as radio
operator and Clifford R. Starkey as tail gunner. Starkey became a POW but Quinn
evaded capture and made it back to England.

Claytor, Nutting, Burgin and Bailey also wRre successful in evading capture and,
after months with the underground, got back to England. Kenny Lorch was finally
made a POW after hiding out nearly eight months

It was the 10th mission for most of the crew but only number two for Hinton.

When questioned, after the war, as to Musante, Claytor had this to say: "He was a
strange boy and was frequently given to air sickness. I think he was actually afraid
of the air. However, I mentioned having him removed from the crew several times
but he always persuaded me to keep him. He seemed to be brave and courageous
except I believe he had an inherent fear of the air. I admired him very much and
have never seen him fail in anything but I do believe he was afraid to bail out.






14



Crew #11 Continued


Charles Bailey's statement as regards r~lsante was as follows: "Musante was the ~
and I was the ~. I always took a personal interest in him because I was older then
he, and he seemed to depend on me to a great extent. He always had trouble
hearing over the intercam and I always made it a point to be sure that he always
understood the cammands given over the intercom so when the pilot gave the
command to bail out I checked with Musante and he started making preparations
to bail out. ~e both went to the escape hatch and I pulled the emergency release,
and Musante stepped up to jumpl but for same reason he changed his mind, and
motioned for me to jump first. Because two engines were on fire, and the plane
seemed to be going down fast, I couldn't see any reason to waste ,more time, so I
jumped. After my chute cpened, I tried to keep ~y eye on the plane to see how
many chutes opened but all I could ever see was eight chutes.

The underground organization that helped me told me that one of the crew
members was killed when the plane went dcwn because his chute hung on the
plane and fram their description I knew it was Musante.

































15
Memo 2:
Flew with Crew #11 on this mission, his 2nd.

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT Information:

Target:
Regensburg
Aircraft:
"Alice from Dallas" (42-5867)
Date:
1943-08-17
Cause:
EAC & FLAK

Burial Information:

Plot:
A
Grave:
9
Row:
40
Cemetery:
Ardennes, Neuville-en-Cond, Belgium

Photos

William M. Hinton 350th BTG

William M. Hinton 350th BTG Ohio KIA 17 Aug 43 Regensburg Roy F. Claytor Crew (100th Photo Archives)

Crew List

1st Crew List

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Rank Name Pos Status
Lt CLAYTOR, Roy P EVA
Lt NUTTING, Raymond J. CP EVA
LT AMISON, Oscar C. NAV POW
LT LORCH, Kenneth R. BOM POW
T/SGT BURGIN, John W. TTE EVA
S/Sgt KOPCZEWSKI, Steven S. ROG KIA
T/SGT QUINN, William M. ROG EVA
S/SGT HINTON, William M. BTG KIA
S/SGT WUSSOW, Robert H. BTG KIA
S/Sgt BAILEY, Charles WG EVA
S/SGT KEHOE, Joseph E. WG NOC
S/SGT STARKEY, Clifford R. WG POW
S/SGT MUSANTE, Edward A. TG KIA