William E. Gilmour ’49

William E. Gilmour ’49 died February 8, 2012, in Wayland, Mass. He was born on January 31, 1923, in Winchester, Mass., and prepared for college at Arlington High School and Mt. Herman School. He attended Bates College until he enlisted in the Army Air Forces in 1942. He was assigned to the Radar Training course, and then became a Counter Measure Specialist flying with the 8th Army Air Force. His plane was shot down on his 23rd mission, what was supposed to be his last before he headed home to train others. He remained on board to secure the Counter Measure equipment and was the last of the crew to bail out of the plane. He landed on a building in downtown Berlin and remained a prisoner of war in Stalag 17-B Austria for 13 months. As a POW, he studied French and math with books provided by the YMCA. He attained the rank of technical sergeant and was awarded the Purple Heart, eight Battle Stars, four Air Medals, and a Presidential Citation. After World War II, he enrolled at Bowdoin and joined Chi Psi fraternity. He married Ruth Hancock in 1949, and he worked for Raytheon Corporation for 40 years. He was active in the Trinitarian Congregational Church of Wayland, where he developed a radio room and sound system that enabled the broadcast of many sermons on several radio stations. He also served as an on-call member of the Wayland Fire Department. He played and refereed hockey and umpired softball games. He is survived by three daughters, Jill Johnstone, Betsy Ramsey, and Nancy Quinn; and 13 grandchildren.


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