|William Lowe trained to be a P-47 Thunderbolt pilot.|
William J. Lowe never had a chance to reach 100 years old today. Instead, he sacrificed his life for our freedom.
He was born on January 30, 1918 in Tennessee. His mother Katherine was born in Ireland. His father Martin was born in Tennessee and his parents were also from Ireland. William's father worked as a locomotive engineer. William had two older sisters, an older brother, and a younger brother. His father died in 1932. By 1940 Willam had completed four years of high school. He was living with his widowed mother and worked as a filing clerk.
He enlisted in the army the Friday after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and volunteered for the Army Air Forces. He was trained to fly fighter planes and became a first lieutenant in the 461st Fighter Squadron, 331st Fighter Group. He was killed in an airplane crash at Casper Airbase, Wyoming on July 11, 1943. At that time, the 461st FS was equipped with P-47 Thunderbolts. I was not able to find more details.
His grave is at Calvary Cemetery in Nashville, Tennessee.
Last year on this date I profiled Max Shirk from the 29th Infantry Division which landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day and D+1. You can read about Max here.
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