Woodbury County

Lt. William H. Sanford



Men and Women In Service.

Bruce H. Clifton, 923 27th Street, has arrived at San Antonio, Texas to begin preflight training in the army air corps. Others entering the school are Elmer L. Eilers, son of Mrs. Henrieta Eilers, 1217 Washington Avenue; William H. Sanford, son of Mr. and Mrs. L.R. Sanford, 917 S. Alice, Richard Paul Sulzbach, son of Mr. and Mrs. F. P. Sulzbach, 1706 Rebecca Street, Jess J. Tattersall, whose wife resides at 1800 Virginia Street and Howard T. Thistlewood, son of Mr. and Mrs. T.F. Thistlewood, 1801 W. Palmer Avenue.

Source: The Sioux City Journal, July 12, 1943


First Lt. William H. Sanford, son of Mr. and Mrs. L. R. Sanford, 917 S. Alice street, pilot on a P-51 Mustang, and two other Mustang pilots shot up 20 freight cars and a railway station during a recent low level strafing attack in the vicinity of Bal Mergentheim, Germany, according to information received from an Eighth air force fighter station overseas. Lt. Sanford was decorated with the air medal with two oak leaf clusters for meritorious achievement during sustained combat operations over enemy held territory and Germany.

Source: Sioux City Journal, March 31, 1945


First Lt. William H. Sanford, son of Mr. and Mrs. L.R. Sanford, 917 S. Alice Street, serving at an Eighth air force fighter station, has been decorated with a fourth oak leaf cluster to the air medal. Lt. Sanford, who has credit for shooting down an F.W. 190, is a member of the high scoring 352d Mustang fighter group which recently received the war department’s distinguished unit citation. On a recent mission, heading back for the base after having escorted medium bombers to the target, Lt. Sanford and several other Mustang pilots spotted three trains near Dortmund, Germany. The pilots blasted away at the trains, destroying three locomotives and one freight car and damaging 12 additional freight cars and one flak car.

Source: Sioux City Journal, April 23, 1945