Abercrombie, William Warner, ENS

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Last Rank
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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15 Members Also There at Same Time
NAS Miami, FL

Pirie, Robert Burns, VADM, (1922-1962) OFF Commander
Blackburn, John Thomas, CAPT, (1933-1962) OFF 131X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Fisher, Clayton Evan, CDR, (1940-1961) OFF Ensign
Lewis, Victor Alan, ENS, (1941-1942) OFF 00X Ensign
McVay, Woodie Lackland, LT, (1940-1944) OFF Ensign
Burnett, Howard Reason, LT, (1940-1944) OFF 139X Naval Aviation Cadet
Lough, John Cady, ENS, (1940-1942) OFF Naval Aviation Cadet
Gould, Erl Clinton Barker, RDML, (1917-1953) Lieutenant Commander
Barry, John, LT, (1940-1944) OFF 630X Ensign
Earnest, Albert, CAPT, (1941-1972) Ensign
Earnest, Albert, CAPT, (1941-1972) Ensign
DiLullo, Nick, CPO, (1940-1964) AM AM-0000 Other Service Rank
Bebas, Constantine, ENS, (1938-1942) Naval Aviation Cadet
Osmus, Wesley, ENS, (1940-1942) Naval Aviation Cadet
Jenkins, Charles Ralph, CPO, (1941-1945) ARM ARM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Matthews, Jr., H. Spencer, RADM, (1940-1973) AM AM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class

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