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William L. Sanford
Recent Address: Baltimore, MD
Family Information: Parents: John and Anna
Hometown: Baltimore, MD
Date Entered Service: November 22, 1940
Service Number:
Bomb Group: 462nd
Squadron: 768th
Location of Unit: Walker AAF
Missions Flown:
Hump Missions Flown:
Awards/Decorations: Distinguished Service Cross among many others
Service Schools Attended:
Military Specialty(ies): Pilot
Rank Upon Discharge: Captain
Crew Type: Flight crew
Airplane Serial No.& Name: 42-6332 - Belle of Baltimore
Were you a POW? No
Were you interned? No
Date Transferred from the 58th:
Date Discharged from the 58th:
Post-WWII Military Service:
Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):
Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:
Captain (Air Corps) William L. Sanford, United States Army Air Forces, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while in the XX Bomber Command, TWENTIETH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 20 August 1944. The personal courage and zealous devotion to duty displayed by Captain Sanford on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 20th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.

Captain Sanford also landed the first B-29 at Piardoba, India on April 16, 1944.
Mr. Sanford passed away in October, 1983. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.


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