William W. Goldie

William W. GoldieBadge-gunner
Sergeant, USAAF

Gunner

Goldie-portrait

Army Serial Number 36697391
MOS code 612 (Airplane Armorer – Gunner) [1]

Born on 4 Aug 1925 in Chicago, Illinois and died at the age of 19.
William’s parents were Scottish immigrants in the United States in the early 1920 years. In 1944 his family was living at 7230, Harvard avenue, Chicago, Illinois [2].
He was graduated at Parker High School in 1943. Before being enlisted on November 27, 1943, he is reported to be working at the Ahlberg Bearing Company.
He had his specialty training at Tyndall Field, Florida, where the air gunnery school was located [3].
William began his duty with the 460th Bombardment Group (Heavy), 763rd Bombardment Squadron. He was transferred to the 885th Bombardment Squadron on September 11, 1944 [4]. He flew 12 combat missions with the 885th BS, totaling more than 96 combat hours.
A few days before his death Sergeant Goldie was proposed for a decoration for distinguishing himself in aerial combat during his missions in the Balkans, in Italy and in Germany [5]. A few weeks later he was awarded the Air Medal; shortly after he was awarded an Oak Leaf Cluster, indicating a double decoration of the same type [6]. William was also awarded the Purple Heart Medal.


[1] Military Occupational Specialty code.
[2] Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, Population Schedules, Fifteenth Census of the United States, USA, 1930.
[3] Southtown Economist, 15 October 1944, p. 12.
[4] MacCloskey (1945), Transfers of  Personnel Report, September 1944, p. 2.
[5] Southtown Economist, 15 October 1944, p. 12.
[6] Southtown Economist, 8 November 1944, p. 1.