Abercrombie, William Warner, ENS

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Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1941-1942, VT-8
Service Years
1940 - 1942

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Medford, OR
Last Address
Marriam, KS

Casualty Date
Jun 04, 1942
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Pacific Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Forest Hills Cemetery - Kansas City, Missouri
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(memorial marker)

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Early in the morning of 4 Jun 1942 Hornet launched her air group of 59 planes to attack the Japanese carriers. VT-8, separated from the rest of the Air Group, found the enemy carriers and commenced their attack. And attack they did! Headlong into the maelstrom without fighter protection the 15 planes of VT-8 pressed their attack through an onslaught of enemy fighter and anti-aircraft fire. One by one the torpedo planes were sent hurtling into the sea. All 15 aircraft were shot down with the loss of 29 of the 30 aircrew. ENS Abercrombie and his radioman/gunner, ARM2 Bernard P. Phelps did not return. Their remains were unrecoverable.            

Service number: 098514

Navy Cross
Awarded for actions during World War II
Service: Navy
Battalion: Torpedo Squadron 8 (VT-8)
Division: U.S.S. Hornet (CV-8)
Citation: The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Ensign William Warner Abercrombie (NSN: 0-98514), United States Naval Reserve, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Torpedo Plane of Torpedo Squadron EIGHT (VT-8), attached to the U.S.S. HORNET (CV-8), during the "Air Battle of Midway," against enemy Japanese forces on 4 June 1942. Grimly aware of the hazardous consequences of flying without fighter protection, and with insufficient fuel to return to his carrier, Ensign Abercrombie, resolutely, and with no thought of his own life, delivered an effective torpedo attached against violent assaults of enemy Japanese aircraft and against an almost solid barrage of anti-aircraft fire. His courageous action, carried out with a gallant spirit of self-sacrifice and a conscientious devotion to the fulfillment of his mission, was a determining factor in the defeat of the enemy forces and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
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Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FL

O'Hare, Edward Henry, LCDR, (1933-1943) OFF 139X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Ware, Charles Rollins, LT, (1929-1942) OFF Lieutenant Junior Grade
Cooner, Bunyan Randolph, ENS, (1940-1942) OFF 139X Ensign
Creamer, William E, ENS, (1940-1942) OFF 139X Ensign
Crommelin, Richard Gunter, LCDR, (1938-1945) OFF 139X Ensign
Ellison, Harold John, ENS, (1941-1942) OFF 139X Ensign
Groves, Stephen William, ENS, (1940-1942) OFF 139X Ensign
Howard, Curtis William, LTJG, (1938-1942) OFF 139X Ensign
Kepford, Ira Cassius, LCDR, (1941-1945) OFF 139X Ensign
Kinzer, Edward Blaine, ENS, (1939-1942) OFF 139X Ensign
Leonard, William Nicholas, RADM, (1938-1971) OFF 139X Ensign
Magda, John Joseph, LCDR, (1940-1951) OFF 139X Ensign
Masoner Jr., William John, LCDR, (1939-1954) OFF 139X Ensign
Richey, Joseph, ENS, (1940-1941) OFF 139X Ensign
Riley, Paul James, LT, (1931-1942) OFF Ensign
Smith, Leonard, ENS, (1940-1942) OFF 139X Ensign
Stradley, Price Roe, LT, (1941-1944) OFF 139X Ensign
Teats, Grant Wayne, ENS, (1940-1942) OFF 139X Ensign
Tebo, Vernon Lawrence, LT, (1941-1945) OFF 139X Ensign
Wirth, John, LT, (1934-1945) OFF 139X Ensign
Barry, John, LT, (1940-1944) OFF 00X Naval Aviation Cadet
Doherty, John Joseph, ENS, (1940-1942) OFF Naval Aviation Cadet
Hodges, Flourenoy Glen, ENS, (1940-1942) OFF Naval Aviation Cadet
Holder, Randolph Mitchell, LTJG, (1939-1942) OFF Naval Aviation Cadet
Jaccard, Richard Alonzo, ENS, (1940-1942) OFF Naval Aviation Cadet
Lough, John Cady, ENS, (1940-1942) OFF Naval Aviation Cadet
Mazza, Harold Ralph, CDR, (1939-1950) OFF Naval Aviation Cadet
O'Flaherty, Frank Woodrow, ENS, (1940-1942) OFF Naval Aviation Cadet
Register, Francis Roland, LTJG, (1941-1943) OFF Naval Aviation Cadet
Rich, Ralph McMaster, LTJG, (1939-1942) OFF Naval Aviation Cadet
Roberts, John Quincy, ENS, (1940-1942) OFF Naval Aviation Cadet
Vandivier, Norman Francis, LTJG, (1939-1942) OFF Naval Aviation Cadet
Wakeham, J Donald, LTJG, (1940-1942) OFF Naval Aviation Cadet
Weber, Frederick Thomas, ENS, (1938-1942) OFF Naval Aviation Cadet
Hallenberg, William, LTJG, (1941-1943) OFF 139X Seaman
Kinnick, Nile Clarke, ENS, (1941-1943) OFF 139X Midshipman
Mehle, Roger William, RADM, (1937-1970) Lieutenant Junior Grade
Bass, Horace Ancel, ENS, (1939-1942) Ensign
Eversole, John Thomas, LTJG, (1938-1942) Ensign
Hardy, Donald, CDR, (1935-1959) OFF 6302 Ensign
McWhorter III, Hamilton, CDR, (1941-1969) Ensign
Moore, Ulvert Matthew, ENS, (1940-1942) Ensign
Ralston, Frank, CAPT, (1935-1969) OFF 6302 Ensign
Steinmetz, Arthur Anderson, LT, (1941-1943) Ensign
Foltz, Ralph, CDR, (1941-1970) SN Naval Aviation Cadet
Morgan, Corwin, CDR, (1940-1954) Naval Aviation Cadet
Adair, Walter, CPO, (1940-1953) AD AD-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Sellstrom, Edward Robert, ENS, (1941-1942) S2c S2c-0000 Seaman Second Class
Quick, Sidney William, CPO, (1936-1943) Airman 1st Class

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