Kane, William Richard, CAPT

Deceased
 
 Service Photo   Service Details
246 kb
View Time Line
Last Rank
Captain
Last Primary Designator/NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1956-1957, 131X, USS Saipan (CVL-48)
Service Years
1933 - 1957
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Cold War
Neptune Subpoena
Order of the Golden Dragon
Panama Canal
Plank Owner
Suez Canal
Captain Captain

 Last Photo   Personal Details 

343 kb

Home State
California
California
Year of Birth
1911
 
This Military Service Page was created/owned by Bersley H Thomas, Jr. (Tom), SMCS to remember Kane, William Richard ("Killer"), CAPT.

If you knew or served with this Sailor and have additional information or photos to support this Page, please leave a message for the Page Administrator(s) HERE.
 
Contact Info
Home Town
San Rafael
Last Address
Not Specified

Date of Passing
Feb 05, 1957
 
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

US Pacific Command ComSixthFleet United States Atlantic Command Badge US Navy Retired 20

NATO Standing Naval Forces Atlantic


 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback Cold War Medal Order of the Golden Dragon


 Military Association Memberships
United States Naval Academy Alumni AssociationTailhook AssociationMilitary Order of Foreign Wars of the United StatesMilitary Order of the World Wars (MOWW)
  1933, United States Naval Academy Alumni Association - Assoc. Page
  1936, Tailhook Association
  1941, Military Order of Foreign Wars of the United States - Assoc. Page
  1945, Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW)


 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

A well-known Navy Ace, he was apparently on the short-list for command of the new-construction, first nuclear carrier, Forrestal, and many felt he had a good shot at becoming Chief of Naval Operations. He died in 1957 in a jet crash. His friends called him Bill, but he was known throughout the service as "Killer Kane." His tombstone is embedded among the thousands of markers at Arlington National Cemetery.

Killer Kane graduated from the Naval Academy in 1933. He was tall, handsome and athletic and knew he was going to fly. The Navy had just combined the concept of Air Power with Sea Power and starting with the Langley--a freighter with a wooden runway nailed to the superstructure--it had begun to develop the art and science of launching, landing and fighting Navy airplanes from "carriers". Before he was eventually assigned to fight and then command a fighter squadron from a carrier christened Enterprise, "Killer Kane" was stationed at Ford Island, the Navy’s Air Station resting in the middle of Pearl Harbor.

Captain Kane was a fighter pilot in the Pacific Theater of Operations in World War II and was designated an "Ace" after shooting down a number of Japanese airplanes.

He was a 1933 graduate of the United States Naval Academy and for his service in World War II was awarded the Navy Cross and the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

   
Other Comments:

Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Commander William Richard Kane, United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Fighter Plane and Commander of Air Group 10 TEN (AG-10), attached to the U.S.S. ENTERPRISE (CV-6), in action from 11 to 25 June 1944, in action against enemy Japanese forces in the vicinity of the Southern Marianas Islands, from 11 to 25 June 1944. Courageously leading his Air Group on numerous attacks, including fighter sweeps and bombardment missions, against strong enemy installations, Commander Kane inflicted serious and costly damage on enemy airfields, gun emplacements and beach positions, personally destroying one enemy fighter in aerial combat and damaging another. Despite a painful wound incurred when shot down on 16 June, he participated in the First Battle of the Philippine Sea on 20 June, serving as a fighter escort for several planes seeking the location of the main Japanese Fleet and shooting down a single-engined torpedo plane and a twin float aero-reconnaissance plane. Conducting a coordinated strike against the Japanese Fleet, he shot down an intercepting enemy ZERO in the ensuing battle and, directing his fighter planes in strafing dives on the decks of an enemy carrier, reduced the anti-aircraft opposition for his dive bombers and torpedo planes during their attacks which disabled or sunk the enemy vessel. Retiring with his group through darkness to base after this strenuous and protracted engagement, he effected a forced water landing, when unable to land on his carrier. By his brilliant airmanship, courageous initiative and daring leadership, Commander Kane contributed materially to the success of our operations in these historic actions, and his great personal valor in the face of grave peril was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Commander Fast Carrier Task Force: Serial 0247 (July 13, 1944)

Action Date: June 11 - 25, 1944

Service: Navy

Rank: Commander

Company: Commanding Officer

Regiment: Air Group 10 (AG-10)

Division: U.S.S. Enterprise (CV-6)


 

Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Commander [then Lieutenant Commander] William Richard Kane, United States Navy, for heroism and extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as Commander of Fighting Squadron TEN (VF-10), in operations against enemy Japanese forces at Taroa and Kwajalein, from 29 January to 4 February 1944; and against Truk, 16 - 17 February 1944. Determinedly pushing through to his target at Taroa under extremely adverse conditions of weather and darkness, Commander Kane effected the rendezvous of sufficient fighters to destroy all airborne opposition and many enemy aircraft on the ground. During action against Kwajalein, he effectively led numerous strikes against the enemy, destroying an ammunition dump and other installations. Commanding the first combined fighter sweep in the initial American offensive move against the enemy stronghold at Truk, he directed his 72 fighters skillfully and coolly against enemy air opposition and anti-aircraft fire and personally shot down three enemy planes. His superb professional skill, able leadership and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Pacific Fleet Board Awards: Serial 66

Action Date: January 29 - February 4, 1944

Service: Navy

Rank: Commander

Company: Fighting Squadron 10 (VF-10)

Division: U.S.S. Enterprise (CV-6)


 

Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Distinguished Flying Cross to Commander [then Lieutenant Commander] William Richard Kane, United States Navy, for heroism and extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as Commander of Air Group TEN, attached to the U.S.S. ENTERPRISE (CV-6), in action against enemy Japanese forces in the Marshall and Caroline Islands and at Hollandia, New Guinea, from 20 February to 30 April 1944. Skillfully leading his flight of carrier-based planes on numerous missions in support of our offensive operations in these strategic islands, Commander Kane consistently maneuvered his planes for maximum striking power and, directing devastating assaults against the Japanese, contributed immeasurably to the infliction of serious and costly damage on hostile aircraft, installations and shipping. At Palau and Truk, he assisted in the destruction of two enemy planes during fierce aerial encounters. His inspiring leadership, indomitable fighting spirit, superb airmanship and gallant devotion to duty despite grave hazards reflect the highest credit upon Commander Kane and the United States Naval Service.

Action Date: February 20 - April 30, 1944

Service: Navy

Rank: Commander

Company: Commanding Officer

Regiment: Air Group 10

Division: U.S.S. Enterprise (CV-6)


 

   
 Photo Album   (More...


 Ribbon Bar

Naval Aviator Wings
Command at Sea

 
 Duty Stations
US NavyUSS Astoria (CA-34)Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FLAdvanced Flight Training, NAS Meridian, Mississippi.
VB-5USS Lexington (CV-2)VF-2 Bounty HuntersUS Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
VF-101 Grim ReapersUSS Enterprise (CV-6)Carrier Air Group 10 (CAG-10)CNO - OPNAV
USS Tarawa (CV-40)USAF Air War CollegeVAH-1 Smokin' TigersUSCINCLANT
Naval War College (Faculty Staff)COMNAVAIRLANTUSS Saipan (CVL-48)
  1933-1934, 110X, USS New York (BB-34)
  1934-1935, 110X, USS Astoria (CA-34)
  1935-1935, 139X, Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FL
  1936-1936, 131X, Advanced Flight Training, NAS Meridian, Mississippi.
  1936-1937, 131X, VB-5
  1936-1938, 131X, USS Lexington (CV-2)
  1937-1938, 131X, VF-2 Bounty Hunters
  1938-1938, 131X, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1939-1940, 131X, USS Wichita (CA-45)
  1940-1942, 131X, NAS Ford Island
  1942-1944, 131X, VF-101 Grim Reapers
  1942-1944, 131X, USS Enterprise (CV-6)
  1944-1944, 131X, Carrier Air Group 10 (CAG-10)
  1944-1945, 131X, CNO - OPNAV
  1945-1948, 131X, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1948-1949, 131X, USS Tarawa (CV-40)
  1949-1951, 131X, USAF Air War College
  1950-1952, 131X, CNO - OPNAV
  1952-1953, 131X, VAH-1 Smokin' Tigers
  1953-1954, 131X, USCINCLANT
  1954-1955, 131X, Naval War College (Faculty Staff)
  1955-1956, 131X, COMNAVAIRLANT
  1956-1957, 131X, USS Saipan (CVL-48)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Attack on Pearl Harbor
  1941-1943 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Naval attack of Truk (Operation Hailstone)
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)/Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands
  1942-1942 Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)
  1943-1943 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)/Battle of Rennel Island
  1943-1943 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Marshall Islands operation
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Saipan
  1944-1944 Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval Academy
  1929-1933, United States Naval Academy
Copyright Togetherweserved.com Inc 2003-2011