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1st Lt. William C. Kasdorf
720th Squadron






Rest Camp, December 1944

CREW INFORMATION

Capt. HARRY AMDUR - Pilot
1st Lt. ALFRED B. ROLLINS JR. - Co-Pilot
1st Lt. WILLIAM C. KASDORF - Navigator
1st Lt. ENOCH S. CODY
1st Lt. STANLEY B. PURWINIS
T/SGT. HARRY W. ASHWORTH
T/SGT. WAYNE E. FISK - Radio Operator
T/SGT. JOHN A. SFORZA - Ball Turret
S/SGT. OWEN M. BOLIN - Tail Gunner
S/SGT. RANKIN B. CARTER
S/SGT. NILS I. PEARSON - Assistant Engineer

TRAINING

April 15, 1944 - Crew formed WESTOVER FIELD, MASS.
July 5, 1944 - Assigned LANGLEY FIELD, VA.
Aug. 14, 1944 - Left for overseas.
Aug. 14, 1944 - DOW FIELD, BANGOR, MAINE.
Aug. 14, to Sept. 3, 1944 - GANDER, NEWFOUNDLAND.
Sept. 3&4,1944 - LAGENS, AZORES - 7 hr 40 min
Sept, 4&5,1944 - MARRAKECH, FRENCH MORROCO - 6hr 30min
Sept. 5&6,1944 - TUNIS, TUNISIA - 5 hr 55 min
Sept. 6 to 9,1944 - GIOIA d COLIE, ITALY - 3 hr 15 min
Sept. 9,1944 to April 27, 1945, MANDURIA, ITALY

ASSIGNED 720TH SQUADRON

Sept. 18,1944 - Crews 1st mission - BUDAPEST, HUNGARY.
Oct. 16, 1944 - 1st mission Stan flew with crew.
Oct. 31, 1944 - Single ship mission - PODGORICA, YUGO.
Nov. 3, 1944 - Single ship mission - MOOSBIERBAUM, AUSTRIA.
Nov. 15,1944 - Single ship mission - INNSBRUCK, AUSTRIA.
Dec. 18 to 23,1944 - Rest camp - ROME.
Dec.25,1944 - Target INNSBRUK, made 360 over target, lost 2 engines, emergency landing FALCONARA.
April 27,1944 to May 6,1945 - NAPLES, ITALY.
May 6 to 15,1945 - S.S. MARIPOSA, MATSON LINER.
May 15&16,1945 - CAMP MILES STANDISH, BOSTON, MASS

COMBAT MISSIONS





Left to Right:
1st Lt. William Kasdorf - Duffy on his lap
2nd Lt. Alfred Rollins
2nd Lt. John Sforza
Cpl. Nils Pearson
S/Sgt. Wayne Fisk
Cpl. Owen Bolin



Left to Right: Bill Kasdorf, Al Rollins & Hank Amdur



1 April 1945
Bill Kasdorf receives the Distinguished Flying Cross from Brigadier General Hugo Rush
for flying a lone wolf raid against communications in Innsbruck, Austria on 15 November 1944.



Bill Kasdorf & Hank Amdur



Bill Kasdorf & Al Rollins
Rest Camp, December 1944



Bill Kasdorf & Al Rollins



Left to Right: Nils Pearson Al Rollins & Bill Kasdorf
450th Re-Union, Virginia



William C. Kasdorf, 1st Lt. and Navigator for the 720th squadron of the 450th Bomb Group passed on April 21, 2009 after having lived a great life. He was 85.

Bill served in Manduria from September 1944 April 1945, flying 35 sorties and 50 missions. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for a 15 November 1944 lone wolf mission to Innsbruck, Austria and also received the E20 Ribbon with 7 Battle Stars and the DFC with Air Ribbon with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters.

Bill never forgot his time in the 720th and in later years kept a framed picture of a B24 Liberator flying above the clouds hanging above his desk. And while never talking about what he did during the war, he would always amaze his daughters and grandchildren by casually pointing out the various constellations and stars in the night sky.

After the war, Bill returned home to Milwaukee, attended college, married, had 2 daughters and played golf as often as he could. He also worked 39 years for Wisconsin Electric Power as an Electrical Draftsman.

In retirement, Bill and his wife Marjorie traveled cross country often and to England, Ireland and the Scandinavian countries. Eventually they settled in Hillsboro, Wisconsin to be near their youngest daughter and grandchildren. It was here that Bill started raising a herd of Scottish Highlander cattle as a hobby, naming the heifers (who have red coats) after famous redheads. He had a Lucy, a Maureen, a Bette, etc.

William Kasdorf is survived by 2 daughters, 5 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren who will miss him every day.


Link To William's Navigation Logs & Flak Maps

Link To William's Documents & Orders

Link To Aircraft Pictures

Link To Base Pictures

Link To Rest Camp Pictures

Link To Target Pictures

Link To Crew Information

Information courtesy of Barbara Kasdorf Janks, daughter of William Kasdorf




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