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News | March 8, 2018

Airman Killed During World War II Accounted For (Shank, W.)

Army Air Forces 1st Lt. William W. Shank, killed During World War II, has now been accounted for.

On Nov. 13, 1943, Shank was a pilot with the 338th Fighter Squadron, 55th Fighter Group, 66th Fighter Wing, 8th Fighter Command, 8th Air Force, flying his P-38 on a mission to Bremen, Germany. Shank was killed after engaging in fierce enemy action.

Interment services are pending; more details will be released 7-10 days prior to scheduled funeral services.

DPAA is grateful to Mr. Oeltjebruns and the American Battle Monuments Commission for their assistance with this disinterment and recovery.

Shank’s name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at the Cambridge American Cemetery, an American Battle Monuments Commission in the United Kingdom, along with the others missing from WWII. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

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