S/Sgt. William L Springett was assigned to the 459th BG 759th Squadron. Military Occupational Specialty (MOS): Waist Gunner.
" The other plane that dropped out of formation,"Ten Hits and a Miss", piloted by Lt Henry Rutters, hit by flak over the target, was
downed by German FW 190 Fighters a few minutes later. Both inboard engines afire, it lost altitude rapidly as it headed toward the
Tyrrhenian Sea coastline in a relatively well controlled descent. The crew members bailed out and the burning aircraft crashed into
the water and ultimately sank quite close to shore. Parachutes came down on land and water and survival chances for the members of
the crew seemed pretty good at that time". Whatever happened next is not revealed in the U S AAF records but the "Coffee Tower" book
has a footnote on the same page, "MACR 3369 provides no information on the fate of Rutters and his crew. Much later we have learned
that the only survivor among Rutter`s crew was Waist Gunner Sgt John Harrigan. Injured and taken prisoner, Harrigan was given no
details about the rest of his crew members, only that they died at the time of the crash".
12/01/1943 December Roster
3/3/1944 A/C 41-28677 shot down by enemy aircraft MIA/KIA
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