William J. Byrne

Byrne was the only child of William and Gertrude.  They lived at 570 Winthrop Road. Byrne went to St. Cecilia’s High School in Englewood and then Colgate in Washington, D.C. 

When Byrne enlisted he went to flight school and became qualified to pilot a Flying Fortress (B-17). He was assigned to the 92nd Bomber Group, 407th Bomber Squadron. On a bombing raid on October 14, 1943, his plane was hit by a rocket and downed.  Byrne helped some of his crew parachute to safety but he perished.   His service is memorialized at the Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial.

WWII Scrapbook

  1. Feb. 24, 1943
  2. May 4, 1943
  3. June 11, 1943
  4. Nov. 19, 1943
  5. Nov. 5, 1944

Ancestry.com

  1. 1930 United States Federal Census about William J. Byrne
  2. 1940 United States Federal Census about William J. Byrne
  3. World War II and Korean Conflict Veterans Interred Overseas

American Battle Monuments Commission

  1. William J. Byrne

fold3.com (Historical Military Records)

  1. Missing Air Crew Reports, WWII, about William J. Byrne

National World War II Memorial, Wash., D.C. Website

  1. War Department Files - 2 LT William J. Byrne
  2. World War II Missing in Action or Buried at Sea - William J. Byrne

Find A Grave Website

  1. 2Lt William J. Byrne
  2. Photo of the tombstone with group names