Lt. William McGill Dies in Air Crash

ELSINORE—First Lt. William McGill, 23, son of Mrs. Helen McGill of Elsinore, was killed on a routine flight of a navy plane near Mojave air station Tuesday. He was a veteran of seven months of duty in the Pacific, during which he brought down four Japanese bombers, including the first three he ever saw.

Born in Oceanside, he came to Elsinore as a child with his family and was in school here through his sophomore year in high school. He graduated from Big Pine high, and then was engaged in farming with his father, William S. McGill, at Eli [sic], Nev.

Lieutenant McGill entered the Marine air corps in October, 1942, and graduated in July of the following year. In September, 1944, he went with the Fighter Squadron 124 of the Marines and won the Distinguished Flying Cross for his achievements overseas.

Recently Lieutenant McGill had been training with the reorganized squadron, using the latest type Gruman [sic] fighter. Twelve members of the squadron and his commanding officer will fly here to attend the funeral.

Graveside services at Elsinore Valley Cemetery tomorrow will be strictly private. A chaplain from Mojave naval station will officiate. Everett and Peterson, Elsinore morticians, will be in charge of the arrangements.

Besides his mother and father, Lieutenant McGill leaves two brothers and a sister. They are Helene and James McGill of Elsinore and Lt. Robert McGill of the army air corps on duty in the South Pacific. Mrs. Sarah McGill of Bonsall is his grandmother.

Source: Riverside Daily Press, July 20, 1945.

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