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The family of William Galton supplied the following information:

William, a.k.a. Bill, was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Landon Galton of 152 Central Avenue, Madison. Bill's brother Landon (Lanny) lives in Madison and a sister, Natalie Eloise Barbato, is living in the shore area. Bill was born on March 4, 1921, in Summit and attended Canajoharie School in New York and Lehigh University in Pennsylvania. He entered the service in 1942, and trained at Muroc Air Field in California, and in April 1944 transferred to Hamilton Field, California. Trained as a bombardier and navigator, Bill was assigned to the Pacific Theatre of operations in April 1944. Bill was promoted to the rank of 2nd Lieutenant and while serving as a navigator on an Army bomber, his plane was lost over the Yap Islands on August 19, 1944. After just two years in the service, 2nd Lt. William C. Galton's ambition of pursuing a career in engineering came to an abrupt end. Bill's body was never recovered and remains "lost at sea".

His nephew Bruce Galton, a Councilman in the Borough of Madison, said, "My grandfather often told the story that on the day Uncle Bill was lost, he was on the way to work when Mr. Galton felt he had lost something. He checked his pockets but still felt something was missing. That evening, the Galton's were notified William Galton was 'missing in act action.'"

See pictures at: http://www.missingaircrew.com/yap/mac/10aug1944.asp

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