William H. Lange

Private William H. Lange, son of Mrs. Robert Lange who resides at Rural Route 2, Augusta, is completing his training as a heavy bomber combat crewman at Biggs Field, TX, a training station of the Second Air Force on the Mexican border.  He is a gunner.

Word has been received that Corporal William H. Lange, son of Mr. And Mrs. Robert Lange of Augusta has arrived in England.

He entered the service on February 9, 1944 and was sent overseas the last part of November 1944.

He received his training at Miami Beach, FL; Kingman Army Air Field, Kingman, AZ, where he received his wings in flexible gunnery; Lincoln, NE; and Biggs Field, TX.

He is a gunner on a B-17 Flying Fortress with the Eighth Air Force in England.

His wife resides on Germania Street.

The promotion of William H. Lange, 26, from the grade of Corporal to Sergeant has been announced at this Eighth Air Force B-17 Flying Fortress base by his group commander, Lieutenant Colonel William J. Wrigglesworth of Eau Claire.  Sergeant Lange is a waist gunner on a Flying Fortress.  

Prior to entering the Army Air Forces in January 1944, Sergeant Lange was employed as a garage attendant in Eau Claire, WI.  

He received his gunner’s wings in June 1944 at Kingman, AZ.  His wife, Mrs. William H. Lange, lives at 518 Germania Street.

Sergeant William H. Lange, 26, whose wife resides at 518 Germania Street, has been awarded the Air Medal as waist gunner of a B-17 Flying Fortress for meritorious achievement during the Eighth Air Force bombings of German targets and military installations.  He entered the service in January 1944.

Oak Leaf Cluster Awarded to Local B-17 Waist Gunner
AN 8TH AIR FORCE BOMBER STATION, England—Sergeant William H. Lange, 26-year-old B-17 Flying Fortress waist gunner from Eau Claire, WI, has recently been awarded an Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal for "meritorious achievement," while participating in Eighth Air Force attacks on vital industrial targets and enemy-held installations in Germany, which helped cause the collapse of the German war machine.

The official citation accompanying the award commented on the "courage, coolness, and skill displayed by Sergeant Lange on all occasions, "as reflecting great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces  of the United States." The presentation was made by his group commander, Lieutenant Colonel Louis G. Thorup of Salt Lake City, Utah.

Sergeant Lange is a member of the 447th Bomb Group, which is a unit of the Third Air Division, the division that holds the Distinguished Unit Citation for its now historic England-Africa shuttle-bombing attack on the Messerschmitt factories in Regensburg, Germany.

The husband of Mrs. William H. Lange of 518 Germania Street, Eau Claire, Sergeant Lange, before entering the Army Air Forces in January 1944, was employed as a garage attendant. He received his gunner's wings in June 1944 at Kingman, AZ.