Buried Westview Cem., Monroe Co., Tn
William Gordon Noblitt was the son of Loftus Boone Noblitt and Ruth Thomas and husband of Katherine. He died non battle at Allison, Lawrence County, Illinois.
A collision of two army planes over George Field near Lawrenceville, Ill., killed nine fliers including seven from Ellington Field (Texas) the office of Col. W.H. Reid, Ellington commandant, announced. Names of six of the Ellington men and their next of kin were released. They included: First Lieut. Jerome T. Walsh, 25, father, Martin J. Walsh, Alaska avenue, St. Louis, Mo.; Aviation Cadet John P. Clements, 23, whose wife lives at 2343 Wroxton road, and whose parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Clements, live at 1147 Webster avenue, Chicago.
Col. Edward Bobzien, George Field commander, identified the two fliers from that station as Aviation Cadet William G. Noblitt, Sweetwater, Tenn., and Aviation Cadet Jeremiah E. O’Brien of Rockville Center, Long Island, New York.
The Knoxville Journal, February 13, 1944
William Gordon Noblitt, age 23 years, son of Mr. and Mrs. L.B. Noblitt, of Sweetwater, was killed (night flying) at George Field, Lawrenceville, Ill., where he had been in training for pilot duty for several months. He was a graduate of Sweetwater High School and later attended the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where he graduated with high honors in 1940. He was a member of Baptist Church of Galax, Virginia, where he was employed in defense work before entering the Army Air Corps on Feb. 1, 1941. He was married Aug. 30, 1941 at winchester, Tenn., to Miss Billie Clark of that city. Besides his wife and parents he is survived by one sister, Mary Ruth Noblitt, of Sweetwater.
A military funeral will be conducted at the First Baptist Church, Sweetwater. Interment at Westview Cemetery.
- Rank: Aviation Cadet
- Date of birth: 11 August 1920
- Date of death: 10 February 1944
- County: Monroe
- Hometown: Sweetwater
- Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
- Conflict: World War II
- Burial/Memorial Location: West View Cemetery, Sweetwater, Monroe County, TN
- Location In Memorial: Pillar XVI, Top Panel
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