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Hall William Edward

William est né le 31 octobre 1913 à Storr dans l'Utah.
Après ses études, il s'engage dans l'US Navy en 1938. Il est breveté pilote et il est nommé ensign l'année suivante à la fin de sa formation.
En 1942, il est lieutenant junior grade, il sert au Scouting 2 sur l'USS Lexington. Son unité vole sur SBD Dauntless.
Le 7 mai 1942, au cours de la bataille de la mer de Corail, il place sa bombe sur le porte-avion japonais Shokaku contribuant ainsi à sa destruction.
Le 8 mai 1942, il abat (avec son mitrailleur le seaman 1st class John Moore) 2 Zero et 1 bombardier Kate. Suite à ce violent combat, il est blessé.
Pour ses actions au cours de ces 2 jours, il obtient la médaille d'Honneur.

Citation :
For extreme courage and conspicuous heroism in combat above and beyond the call of duty as pilot of a scouting plane in action against enemy Japanese forces in the Coral Sea on 7 and 8 May 1942. In a resolute and determined attack on 7 May, Lt. (j.g.) Hall dived his plane at an enemy Japanese aircraft carrier, contributing materially to the destruction of that vessel. On 8 May, facing heavy and fierce fighter opposition, he again displayed extraordinary skill as an airman and the aggressive spirit of a fighter in repeated and effectively executed counterattacks against a superior number of enemy planes in which 3 enemy aircraft were destroyed. Though seriously wounded in this engagement, Lt. (j.g.) Hall, maintaining the fearless and indomitable tactics pursued throughout these actions, succeeded in landing his plane safe.

Au cours de son hospitalisation, il rencontre sa futur femme, infirmière de la Navy.
En 1946, il quitte l'USN au grade de lieutenant commander (lieutenant colonel).
Il est décédé le 15 novembre 1996.

Sources :
SBD Dauntless units of WW 2, Barrett Tillmann, Ospreypublishing, 1998.
USN credits for the destruction of enemy aircraft in air-to-air combat WW 2, Frank Olynyk, Aurora self-published, 1981.


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