Spradling, William Carroll, 1stLt

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First Lieutenant
Last Primary MOS
7598-Basic Fixed-Wing Pilot
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Pilots/Naval Flight Officers
Primary Unit
1943-Present, 7598, Missing In Action
Service Years
1942 - 1943

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Formed as Marine Scout Bombing Squadron 143 (VMSB-143) on March 1, 1943 at Naval Air Station San Diego, California. Equipped with Vought SB2U Vindicators and after training, departed the United States on October 15, 1942 on the SS Lurline. Upon arriving at Henderson Field, Guadalcanal on November 12, 1942 the squadron was transitioned to the Douglas SBD Dauntless. The squadron was also augmented with nine Grumman TBF Avengers shortly after arrival at Henderson Field.

SPRADLING, William C, 1STLT, O-13368, USMC, from Oklahoma, location Solomon Islands, date of loss May 6, 1943 (pm) + SPRADLING, William C, First Lieutenant, O-013368, USMC, from Oklahoma, Manila American Cemetery (bm) + SPRADLING, William Carroll, 13368, VMSB143, MAG12, 2ndMAW, FMF, Solomon Is area, May 6, 1943, killed in action (mc) + SPRADLING, William C., 1st Lieutenant, USMCR. Father, Mr. W.C. Spradling, Box 303, Hollis, Okla (na)

1stLt William C Spradling was declared Missing in Action on 6 May 1943.
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Body Not Recovered

Air Medal citation:
"For heroism and extraordinary achievement as a pilot of a Torpedo Bombing Plane attached to Marine Torpedo Bombing Squadron One Forty-Three, operating from Henderson Field, Guadalcanal, during the periods from 17 Feb. 1943 to 1 April, 1943, and 1 May, 1943, to 6 May, 1943. Lt. Spradling participated in extremely hazardous missions of laying aerial mines in the waters of the Buin Area, South Bougainville, on the night of 21 March, 1943. Highly accurate navigation at low altitudes in bad weather and attacks in the face of intense enemy anti-aircraft fire and blinding searchlights were necessary for the success of the missions which were carried out as planned. On the night of 24 March, 1943, Lt. Spradling participated in an attack on Kahili Airfield, setting fires in the revetment and bivouac areas in the face of heavy anti-aircraft fire. On 6 May, 1943, while attacking Munda, Lt. Spradling's plane was hit by enemy anti-aircraft fire and he crashed in flames on the runway after releasing his bomb. Throughout these attacks he displayed outstanding leadership, aggressiveness, bravery and airmanship. His courage, loyalty and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

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VMTB-143Missing In Action
  1942-1943, 7598, VMTB-143
  1943-Present, 7598, Missing In Action
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1943 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-43)
  1943-1943 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)
 Colleges Attended
Oklahoma State University
  1936-1940, Oklahoma State University
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