From: Press Section, Office of Public Relations
Washington 25, D. C.
IMMEDIATE RELEASE, PRESS AND RADIO
William P. Simmons, Aviation Radioman Third Class, USNR, of 1734 Woodland
Avenue, Wichita, Kansas, has returned home on leave after a tour of combat
duty in the Pacific, where he flew as a gunner in a Navy AVENGER torpedo
bomber in the hard-hitting "Saints" squadron.
Flying from the deck of a baby flattop, the 20-year-old aircrewman completed
29 combat missions.
The "Saints" piled up an impressive battle record. The squadron's planes
bagged 62 Jap planes in the air and destroyed 7 others on the ground. They
sank or damaged 17,300 tons of enemy shipping, and knocked out a grand total
of 111 Jap ground installations, including hangars, gun positions, and
Simmons' wife, Mrs. Martha Pierson Simmons, lives at the Woodland Avenue
address. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Vernon H. Simmons of 1510 North
Broadway, Wichita, Kansas. Before entering the Navy he attended Cathedral
high school, and Wichita University. He received his flight training at
Naval Air Stations at Memphis, Tennessee, and Hollywood and Fort Lauderdale,