Dodge City High School Alumni

Dodge City, Kansas (KS)

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William Lee Moore

William Lee Moore

Class of 1940

I think Bill graduated in 1935. He had played baseball and football on the Dodge City High School team. He also was a excellent golfer, often shooting in 70's. He learned to fly airplanes there. The first one a two seater cub. When war broke out in Europe he and a friend join the RAF for training. But shortly there after Peal Harbor was attacked and he ended up with the United States Navy, and he was trained as a dive bomber pilot.

Bill was ordered to report to one of the Navy’s air groups: Squadron Fifteen. Which in turn was attached to the U.S. Navy carriers Hornet, Essex and the Bunker Hill. Bill took part in many naval battles and on at least one occasion after returning from battle he counted over one hundred bullet holes in his airplane including one or two striking the back of his seat. He said the airplane was so badly damage it was just pushed over the side of the aircraft carrier.

Bill and others were sent on one mission with not enough fuel to return. After striking his target he began his return flight. He realized before night fall that there was no chance he and his gunner would close the distance in time to make a dry landing. And he didn’t want to attempt a ditch in the pitch black of night. So he lined up with the rolling waves and coordinated the landing of his airplane on the top of a moving wave. He and his gunner transferred into their dingy and slowly watched their airplane sink into the Pacific: with not a soul in any direction.

After the war Bill went to work for United Airlines and flew for them for over 30 years. Because of his over water experience, United choose Bill as part of the crew to fly the first commercial Jet aircraft (DC-8) to the Hawaiian Island from Los Angeles.

In 1996 Bill was inducted into the Legion of Valor.

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