William Martain Julian Jr. was the son of William Martain and Christine Julian. He was married to Rachel Marion Houk.

Aircraft B-24H with serial number 41-28932 was on an objective bombing mission to Vechta A/F in Germany. The aircraft was shot down near Gelderingen, 5km West of Steenwijk in the Netherlands. He was initially buried in a small cemetery near Steenwijk by a group of Hollanders.

Crew members
Pilot, 2nd Lt Robert W. Harrington
Co-Pilot, 2nd Lt James E. Miller
Bombardier, 2nd Lt Robert G. Borst
Nose Gunner, Sgt William K. Meyer
Radio Operator, S/Sgt Louis Palermo
Top Turret Gunner, S/Sgt Tice L. Jones
Ball Turret Gunner, Sgt Lloyd O. Kelley
Right Waist Gunner, Sgt William H. Rye
Left Waist Gunner, S/Sgt William M. Julian Jr.
Tail Gunner, Sgt Chester A. Zyb

-U.S. Army Air Forces, 787th Bomber Squadron, 466th Bomber Group, Heavy
-Buried at Netherlands American Cemetery in Margraten, Netherlands
-Enlisted on October 26, 1942, at Camp Forrest, TN, in the Air Corps

The Knoxville Journal, June 6, 1944
Sgt. William M. Julian Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. William M. Julian Sr., of Knoxville is a waist gunner-engineer completing at an air base in a Western state. Julian attended Stair Vocational School. His wife is the former Miss Rachel Hauk. She lives at 401 South Castle Street.

  • Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Date of birth:
  • 1 August 1916
  • Date of death: 15 August 1944
  • County: Knox
  • Hometown: Knoxville
  • Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
  • Division/Assignment: 787th Bomber Squadron, 466th Bomber Group, Heavy
  • Theater: Europe
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Awards: Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Netherlands American Cemetery, Margraten, Netherlands
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar VIII, Top Panel
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