William Haven Hylton

Male 1916 - 1943  (26 years)

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  • Name William Haven Hylton  [1
    Born 30 May 1916  Birmingham, Jefferson Co., AL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Book Reference 1187  
    Died 11 Mar 1943 
    • From: W. L. Irish - Missing in action in World War II.

      From: Jean Saunders Gilmore
      Joe, I have some information and a picture of Wm. H. Hylton that was in the book that belonged to my grandmother. It's titled "History of the First Methodist Church Dallas, Texas 1846-1946" compiled by Adolphus Werry. At the back of the book is a Memoriam section dedicated to 24 young men who lost their lives in service to their country during World War II. It reads as follows "Lieutenant William H. Hylton was born May 30, 1916 in Birmingham, Alabama. He was a graduate from Wilson * High School and was a student at S.M.U. when he enlisted. He was with West Texas Utilities at Dalhart. He was reported missing March 4, 1943. He was
      awarded the Air Medal with an oak leaf cluster. He is survived by his wife and his mother, Mrs. J. M. Campbell and sister, Mrs. R.H. Reed." *Woodrow Wilson

      Hope this information and photo has found it's way home. Jean Saunders Gillmore
    • 322nd Bombardment Group
    • From Blog:
      According to the following page, Felton's (and Hylton's) plane was named Spirit of Alcohol aircraft serial number 41-24483, as of January 3, 1943. Match the crews listed to that date in the dailies.

      Spirit of Alcohol made another appearance when it was shot down on May 19, 1943, under the command of a Lt. Baxley. This is two months after Felton and his crew were lost.

      According to the dailies, Felton continued to fly 41-24483 until January 27, 1943, when he was flying 41-24511. (No indication could be found for the switch.) When Felton's crew was shot down, they were flying 41-24512, named Rose O'Day. The switch from 511 to 512 probably occurred after the mission of February 4, 1943, when 511's control cables were nearly severed. The aircraft was probably undergoing repair and Felton transfered with his crew to 512.

      512 is mentioned once prior to March 4, 1943, when it flew to bomb Brest, France on February 27, 1943. The pilot of 512 was unreadable from the original dailies, but is presumably Lt. Felton. This makes the 6th mission that Felton/Hylton flew alongside the Memphis Belle.

      From: http://books.google.com/books?id=hZ51T9leACEC&pg=PA30&lpg=PA30&dq=Aircraft+41-24512&source=web&ots=_jU5D18l3_&sig=u9PJ1hy3_VECv-Ss6AGCbJzAgzU&hl=en
      "Minutes later Lt Ralph A Felton's B-17F 41-24512 Rose O'Day (from the 322nd BS) succumbed to an accurate burst of fire from a Bf 110 - three crewmen parachuted into captivity."

      I have not yet been able to find who those three were, out of the names listed in the dailies on March 4, 1943. I don't think anyone knows for sure, as all ten crew members are listed as MIA.

      This forum post might have the names of the German crew who is credited with shooting down Rose O'Day (Georg Hutter and Dietrich Wickop) but my French sucks, so I can't say for sure.
    • See: http://www.adoptiegraven-database.nl/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=561&Itemid=55
    Person ID I00733  Irish
    Last Modified 12 Jul 2011 

    Father Leon Hylton,   b. 29 Jul 1895,   d. Oct 1926  (Age 31 years) 
    Mother Helen Elizabeth Irish,   b. 1 Mar 1897 
    Married 8 Nov 1915 
    Family ID F0434  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Dorothy Owens 
    Family ID F0437  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Lydia Fountaine 
    Family ID F0438  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Sources 
    1. [S007136] Descendants of John Irish 1629-1963, Willis L. Irish.