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J.  D.  Williamson


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(Taken from a letter to Will Lundy)
December 17, 1984
Dear Mr. Lundy:

Jack died in 1979. He was sick for several years with various illnesses and never enjoyed good health after the war. He and my husband were high school classmates and stayed in contact with each other until his death.


Mrs. Harry L. Cole
Ruth, MS 39662

Letter from J. van der Maas, Chr. Bruningsstraat 21, 1065 CS Amsterdam, Holland

to: Mr. Henry.

November 19, 1984
Dear Mr. Henry:

Received your address from the 8th Air Force clearinghouse as being the person in charge of the 44th Bomb Group Association. Thought you might be able to assist me since I am trying to locate the present whereabouts/status of Mr. Jack D. Williamson.

On March 15, 1944 S/Sgt. Williamson was flying as a ball turret gunner on ship 42-52332, 66th Bomb Squadron. This aircraft crashed in Holland, Sgt. Williamson ending up in Queen Wilhelmina Hospital in Amsterdam.

During his forced hospitalization he, and many other allied aircrews, received special attention from the Dutch nurses in the hospital. Things such as English books, chewing gun, etc. were smuggled into the hospital by them in order to enable these aircrews a more comfortable stay. Needless to say, this was a dangerous thing to do. One of the nurses was captured in acting so, and spent the remainder of the war in a concentration camp. She still remembers Sergeant Williamson and wishes him to contact through me.

I was wondering if you would be so kind to check your member roster in order to trace this man. Furthermore, I would welcome any additional information you might hold or photographs of Sergeant Williamson or his B-24 he was shot down with.

Sincerely yours,

J. van der Maas
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