Note: <u>William Ransom Frederick (1916-1944)</u>
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<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/ncccha/15109495003" title="Pampa Daily News (Pampa, Texas) 7 January 1944, p.1 by Caswell County Photograph Collection, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8587/15109495003_0d73492c50_m.jpg" width="84" height="240" alt="Pampa Daily News (Pampa, Texas) 7 January 1944, p.1"></a>
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<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/ncccha/15350245843" title=""Lily Marlene" by Caswell County Photograph Collection, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7544/15350245843_233ab42f3e_m.jpg" width="240" height="180" alt=""Lily Marlene""></a>
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<small><em>(click on photograph for larger image)</em></small> _______________
Last Photograph: Lt. William Ransome Frederick (1916-1944) World War II memorial brick at the Veterans' Plaza, which is part of the Person County Museum of History (Roxboro, Person County, North Carolina). _______________
While official United States military records indicated he died in the airplane crash at Stamford, England, the Lincolnshire Aircraft Recovery Group in 2000 identified the crash site at Crowland, England (near Peterborough). This is approximately seventy-five miles west of the airfield at Horsham St. Faith.
Frederick Family Bible: "William Ransom Fredrick was born June the 19 1916"
North Carolina Birth Index, 1800-2000 Name: William Ransom Frederick Date of Birth: 19 Jun 1916 Birth County: Person Roll Number: B_C078_66001 Volume: 3 Page: 465
Name was spelled Ransome in the 1930 US Census
WWII Record Name: William R Frederick Inducted From: North Carolina Rank: Second Lieutenant Combat Organization: 755th Bomber Squadron, 458th Bomber Group Death Date:Sep 09 1944 Monument: Cambridge, England Last Known Status: Buried U.S. Awards: Air Medal
From family Bible of Minerva Catherine Fox (handed down to her daughter Mary Stella Stanfield): "William R. Frederick was killed in service Sept 9th 1944. Buried in military cemetery in Cambridge, England."
For more on his military service go to <a href="http://www.458bg.com/">458th Bombardment Group (H)</a>. _______________
United States Strategic Air Forces in Europe Eight Air Force Second Bombardment Division (renamed Second Air Division 19 December 1944) -- All B-24 458th Bomber Group 755th Bomber Squadron _______________
1930 United States Federal Census Name: Ransome Frederick Home in 1930: Roxboro, Person, North Carolina Age: 13 Estimated Birth Year: abt 1917 Relation to Head of House: Son Father's Name: Will W Mother's Name: Stella Race: White Household Members: Name Age Will W Frederick 50 Stella Frederick 49 Ransome Frederick 13 Richmond Frederick 11
1940 United States Federal Census Name: Ransom Frederick Age: 24 Estimated Birth Year: abt 1916 Gender: Male Race: White Birthplace: North Carolina Marital Status: Married Relation to Head of House: Head Home in 1940: Roxboro, Person, North Carolina Street: Academy Street Farm: No Occupation: Manager, Drug Store Inferred Residence in 1935: Roxboro, Person, North Carolina Residence in 1935: Same Place Sheet Number: 17B Number of Household in Order of Visitation: 308 Household Members: Name Age Ransom Frederick 24 Violet Frederick 23
U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 Name: William R Frederick Gender: Male Residence Year: 1941 Street Address: 81 S Main M02 E Plum 2HSr h244 Chatelaine av Residence Place: Danville, Virginia Occupation: Clerk Spouse: Violet L Frederick Publication Title: Danville, Virginia, City Directory, 1941 _______________
<a href="http://www.rootsweb.com/~ncccha/pdf/frederick/ransomfrederick/marriagelicense.pdf">Person County Marriage License</a>
William R. Frederick ID: O-705924 Entered the Service From: North Carolina Rank: Second Lieutenant Service: U.S. Army Air Forces, 755th Bomber Squadron, 458th Bomber Group, Heavy Died: Saturday, September 09, 1944 Buried at: Cambridge American Cemetery Location: Cambridge, England Plot: D Row: 4 Grave: 36 Awards: Air Medal Source: <a href="http://www.wwiimemorial.com">National WWII Memorial</a>
2 LT William R. Frederick ID: 0-705924 Branch of Service: U.S. Army Hometown: Guilford County, NC Status: DNB
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Roxboro -- The citizens of Person County and the Rotary Club of Roxboro on Saturday honored the men and women who served in the military during World War II with the unveiling of a monument in Person County Courthouse Square witnessed by some 500 people. Saturday -- May 30 -- was chosen because that date was the traditional Memorial Day before the federal government changed it to become the last Monday in May. The memorial was the culmination of a project -- "Ride of Honor" -- that began May 9, 2007 when the Rotary Club of Roxboro took more than seven motorcoaches filled with WWII veterans, family and friends to Washington, D.C., to view the National WWII Memorial there. Private citizens, civic organizations, city and county agencies and community businesses helped the Rotary Club fund the project. After the trip, which free for the veterans, there was some money left over to fund a permanent monument on the Courthouse lawn. "This is a special day in Roxboro/Person County," said a project officer, Rotarian Margaret McMann. "We have had an opportunity to say 'Thank you' to our military men and women who served during World War II. As a community we have been able to leave a lifetime legacy for future generation so see, in the form a very simple but poignant monument that in some small way may show the veterans and their families their sacrifices are truly appreciated." Source: <em>The Herald-Sun</em> (Roxboro, Person County, North Carolina) 31 May 2009. _______________
<em>Airfields of the Eighth Then and Now</em>, Roger A. Freeman (1978) (pages132-134). This book contains information (including photographs) of air station Horsham St. Faith, England, from which William Ransom Frederick piloted a B-24 bomber (the "Lily Marlene").
<a href="http://ncccha.org/pdf/frederick/ransomfrederick/horshamstfaith.pdf">Horsham St. Faith, England</a> _______________
WWI, WWII, and Korean War Casualty Listings Name: William R. Frederick Death Date: 9 Sep 1944 Cemetery: Cambridge American Cemetery Cemetery Burial Plot: Plot D Row 4 Grave 36 Cemetery City: Cambridge Cemetery Country: England WAR: World War II Awards: Air Medal Title: Second Lieutenant Rank: Second Lieutenant Service: U.S. Army Air Forces Service ID: O-705924 Division: 755th Bomber Squadron, 458th Bomber Group, Heavy Data Source: World War II Honor Roll _______________
<a href="http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=79459481"> Find A Grave Memorial</a> _______________
2Lt William Ransom Frederick's crew managed to fly five combat missions prior to their loss on a night training flight on September 9, 1944. All of these occurred in August, one to France and four to Germany (see mission list below). It is not known exactly what type of training the crew was undertaking on September 9th, records stating only that they were "participating in a night cross-country flight." The cause of the crash is unknown, but from statements by the navigator and bombardier who managed to bail out, it is possible that the plane either flew through the prop wash of another aircraft or encountered a downdraft that put the ship out of control at too low an altitude from which the pilots could recover.
Sgt Daniel Peller, tail gunner, was not aboard the aircraft on September 9th. Records show that he was transferred to the 754th Squadron in October 1944 most likely as a gunner on 1Lt James J. Boyle, Jr's. crew. 2Lt Glen C. Allen was assigned to the crew of 1Lt Charles E. Mitchell as their navigator. He completed his tour with that lead crew in the 755th Squadron on April 10, 1945. 2Lt Jack R. Hibbs was assigned to the 752nd Squadron as 2Lt Harry H. Perry, Jr's. bombardier. While no further mention of him is made in the squadron records, Lt Perry completed his tour of missions on March 31, 1945 and it is possible that Lt. Hibbs finished his combat tour around this time as well. _______________
Date: 09-SEP-1944 Time: Type: Consolidated B-24J Liberator ("Lily Marlene") Operator: United States Army Air Force (USAAF) Registration: 42-50907 C/n / msn: Fatalities: Fatalities/Occupants: Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: Hyde's Farm, Cowland - United Kingdom Phase: Nature: Military Departure airport: Destination airport: Narrative: Crashed. Sources: http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/db.asp _______________
50907 collided with 42-51241 over Stamford, England Mar 31, 1945. I also have this plane salvaged after crashing on a non-operational cross-country flight Sep 9, 1944. Source: http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/1942_3.html _______________
42-50907 - B24 Liberator (Crashed, pieces only) Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre http://www.lincsaviation.co.uk/ _______________
Role: Heavy bomber Manufacturer: Consolidated Aircraft First Flight: 29 December 1939 Introduction: 1941 Retired: 1968 Indian Air Force Primary Users: United States Army Air Forces, United States Navy, Royal Air Force, Royal Canadian Air Force Produced: 1940-1945 Number Built: 18,482 Unit Cost: $297,627 ($4.7 million in today's dollars) Developed from: Consolidated XB-24 Producers: Consolidated Aircraft (San Diego and Fort Worth); Douglas Aircraft (Tulsa); North American Aviation (Dallas); Ford Motor Company (Willow Run). At its peak, the Willow Run plant produced 650 B-24s per month in 1944. By 1945, Ford made 70% of all B-24s in two nine-hour shifts. Pilots and crews slept on 1,300 cots at Willow Run waiting for their B-24s to roll off the assembly line. At Willow Run, Ford produced half of 18,000 total B-24s.
The "Lily Marlene' was a Consolidated B-24J, fully designated as B-24J-5-FO 42-50907. The FO designates it as built by Ford Motor Company at Willow Run, Michigan. _______________
November 26, 2014 Hello Mr Frederick
Thank you for your enquiry to the LAHC about B-24 42-50907, which was passed to me by Andrew at LAHC as I am secretary to the Lincolnshire Aircraft Recovery Group who have displays at the LAHC.
At first I was mystified by your enquiry because you stated the crash location as near Stamford. In fact 50907 came down at Crowland, near Peterborough, several miles away.
It was back in 2000 that the group investigated and recovered parts of the aircraft, Though the aircraft did not penetrate the ground deeply there was a level of burnt wreckage about 2-3ft down. I have attached a few photos of the dig and display at LAHC.
If you have any copies of photos of your uncle it would be much appreciated so that they could be included with the display.
Please feel free to contact me again if I/we can help further..
Kindest Regards Dave Stubley LARG Secretary & LAHC Volunteer. _______________
LAHC = Lincolnshire Aviation Hertiage Centre LARG = Lincolnshire Aircraft Recovery Group _______________
War Department The Adjutant General's Office Washington, D.C.
Battle Cassualty Report
Name: Frederick, William R. Serial Number: 0705924 Grade: 2nd Lt Arm of Service: AC Reporting Theatre: BTO Place of Casualty: Stamford, England Day: 9 Month: Sept Year: 44 Flying or Jumping Stat: A% Type of Casualty: KNB Shipment Number: 265017-CC-2 Emergency Addressee: Mrs. Violet H. Frederick, Wife Date Notified: 23 September 1944 C3707386 Remarks: AG 200.5 (20 Sep 44). Evidence of death received in WD 23 Sept 1944; practice mission. In line of duty. _______________
Sensitive Surface - Handle Edges Only X.C. 3707386 War Department The Adjutant General's Office Washington, D.C.
Report of Death
Full Name: Frederick, William R. Army Serial Number: 0705924 Grade: 2nd Lt. Home Address: Greensboro, N.C. Arm of Service: Air Corps Date of Birth: 19 Jun 16 Place of Death: European Area Cause of Death: Airplane Crash Date of Death: 9 Sept 44 Station of Deceased: European Area Date of Entry on Current Active Service: 7 Jan 44 Emergency Addressee: Mrs. Violet H. Frederick, wife Beneficiary: Violet H. Frederick, wife; Mrs. Stella Frederick, mother; Mrs. John W. Clayton, Jr., father (Relationship questionable) Investigation Made: No In Line of Duty: Yes Own Misconduct: No Was Deceased on Duty Status: Yes In Flying Pay Status: Yes Battle: Yes _______________
American Battle Monuments Commission The World War II Honor Roll William R. Frederick Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army Air Forces Service # O-705924 755th Bomber Squadron, 458th Bomber Group, Heavy Entered the Service from: North Carolina Died: 9-Sep-44 Buried at: Plot D Row 4 Grave 36 Cambridge American Cemetery Cambridge, England Awards: Air Medal _______________
Information From The Hospital Admission Cards Created By The Office Of The Surgeon General, Department OF The Army (1942-1945) And (1950-1954): Information For The Year 1944 (09/21/2012)
Category: Code; Explanation
Rank: 0; Officer, male Arm of Service: J1; Air Force, Combat/Fighter Units. Assigned or attached to Air Force Age: 28; 28 Race: 1; White, includes Mexican Years of Svc: 16; 1 Year(s), 6 Month(s) Mo/Yr of Admission: 10-; Code probably means: Not Found Final Trmt Faccility: -; Not in a medical installation prior to death Invalid/Died in PRSN: 8; Code possibly means: Invalided home in current year Type of Case: 2/ Injury, non-battle Type of Admission: 1; New Type of Diagnosis: 4; Primary Diagnosis, no history of prior disease, injury or battle casualty Line of Duty: 1; In line of duty
First Diagnosis: 0340; Burn (except sunburn or friction burn) Location: 9909; Body, generally Operation: -; Code possibly means: Not Found
Second Diagnosis: 0321/ Avulsion (includes avulsed woundd) Location: 9909; Body, generally Operation: -; Code possibly means: Not Found
Third Diagnosis: -; Not Found
Causative Agent: 002; Airplane Crash and Fire Final Result: 016; Code possibly means: Code possibly means ankylosis Disposition: 0 Field of Cause of Death of Discharge:d 1; First diagnosis field Disposition Date: 094; September 1944
Non-Effective Days: 000; 000 *000 = case incl for statistical purposes only Hospital Days: 000; 000 Cur Yr/Gen Hosp OS: 000;000
Unspecified Field: Not found Unspecified Field: Not found Sample Size: 6; Unknown
Source: This information was botained from the Hospital Admission Card data files (1942-1945; 1950-1954), created by the Office of the Surgeon General, Department of the Army. During 1988, this secondary source material was made available to the National Personnel Records Center by the National Research Council, a current custodian of the data file. The file was originally compiled for statistical purposes; therefore, name identification does not exist and sampling techniques were used with the result that not all hospital admissions are included. Veterans on the file are identified by service number and other data related to hospital admission.
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