New England Air Museum
William Robert Rewitz
William Rewitz, WWII
William Rewitz, WWII
Recent Address:   Santa Clara, CA
Family Information:   Wife: Anna Rose; Son: Gerald
Hometown:   Bellingham, WA
Date Entered Service:    
Service Number:   O-751195
Bomb Group:   468th
Squadron:   792nd
Location of Unit:   Salina, KS
Missions Flown:    
Hump Missions Flown:    
Awards/Decorations:   2 Purple Hearts, plus others
Service Schools Attended:  
Mr. Rewitz transferred into the 468th Bomb Group under this order: "HQ. Hobbs, N.M. SO 234 dd 10-6-43"
Military Specialty(ies):   Co-PIlot
Rank Upon Discharge:   1st Lieutenant
Crew Type:   Flight crew - original crew #11
Airplane Serial No.& Name:   42-6408 - Reddy Teddy; member of Ernest Pickett's crew;
Were you a POW?   Yes
If so, where?  
Omori Headquarters Camp (Ofuna) Tokyo 35-139
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:
Mr. Rewitz was shot down during the Yawata mission on August 20, 1944, four of the crew were killed. The other seven were taken prisoner. Ernest Pickett documented the story in a book called, "Proof Through the Night."

The plane crashed in Saienba, Kokura City, Fukuoka Prefecture.
Mr. Rewitz passed away November 12, 1965. He is buried at Golden Gate National Cemetery in San Bruno, CA.


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