Ault, William Bowen, CDR Fallen
 
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Last Rank
Commander
Last Primary Designator/NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot heavier than air or lighter than air
Last Rating/NEC Group
Officer
Last Duty Station
1941-1942, 131X, USS Lexington (CV-2)
Service Years
1922 - 1942
Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Order of the Golden Dragon
Panama Canal
Commander Commander

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Home State
Virginia
Virginia
Year of Birth
1898
 
Casualty Info
Home Town
Norfolk
Last Address
Norfolk

Casualty Date
May 08, 1942
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Location
Solomon Islands
Conflict
Wars and Conflicts/World War II*/Battles/Battle of Coral Sea
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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Conflict  :   Campaigns, Battles and Exercises
Start Year
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End Year
2100
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Conflict  :   Wars and Conflicts
Start Year
1700
End Year
2099
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Conflict
   
Conflict  :   World War II*
Start Year
1939
End Year
1945
Description
World War 2
   
Battle  :   Battles
Start Year
1939
End Year
1945
Description
All battles associated with World War II.
   
Battle  :   Battle of Sunda Strait
Start Year
1942
End Year
1942
Description
An attempt to escape from the East Indies.
   
Participation
From Year
1942
To Year
1942
 
Personal Recollections

Memories
Ault helped to plan and execute the attacks on Japanese shipping at Lae and Salamaua, New Guinea, in March 1942. On the day before the strike, 9 March, Ault and a wingman flew to Port Moresby, where the group commander learned of the existence of a key mountain pass through the forbidding Owen Stanleys, information that, in the words of the task force commander, contributed "a great deal toward [the] success" of the attacks that ensued. On the day of the raid, 10 March, Ault, given the authority to carry out or abort the attack on the basis of whatweather he found, flew unaccompanied to the pass and orbitted. Finding favorable weather, he transmitted information to that effect and directed the passage of planes from Lexington and Yorktown toward Lae and Salamaua. Those groups sank three transports, put a fourth transport out of action, and caused varying degrees of damage to a light cruiser, a minelayer, three destroyers and a seaplane carrier. The transmontane raid postponed the Japanese projected conquest of Tulagi and Port Moresby for a month, the time necessary to replace the vital amphibious ships lost off New Guinea and marshal carrier air support. Commander, Aircraft Battle Force, later commended Ault for his work.


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