WILLIAM H. ALLEN
First Lieutenant, USAAF (Ret)
WWII :: Confirmed Kills- 5
William Harry Allen, born on April 22, 1924, in Los Angeles, California, graduated from Long Beach Polytechnic High School in June 1941 and entered the Army Air Forces in July 1942. Graduating from flight training in November 1943, he flew P-39s and P-38s in the United States before being assigned to fly P-38s with the 343rd Fighter Squadron, 55th Fighter Group at Wormingford, England in April 1944.
The 55th transitioned into the P-51 in July and it was in the Mustang that Allen had his “big day”. On September 5, 1944, returning from an escort mission to Stuttgart, Germany, he spotted several aircraft taking off from the airport at Goppingen. His flight of four P-51s went down, and when the fight was over Allen was credited with five He-111s destroyed, making him an “ace-in-a-day”.
Allen remained in the Air Force following the war. He remained an active pilot throughout his career and flew a total of 39 different aircraft including single, twin and four engine fixed wing aircraft and helicopters prior to his retirement as a major on January 31, 1963. Following his retirement, Allen worked as an aircraft accident investigator for the Civil Aeronautics Board and the Federal Aviation Administration. Retiring for the second time, he continued doing aviation safety consulting in his home state of California.
Decorations: Distinguished Flying Cross with one Oak Leaf Cluster and the Air Medal with 4 OLCs
Source: American Fighter Aces Album ©1996