Received a request the other day thru this site for information on William Work – a member of the 417th. This request came from his grandson, but unfortunately, the email contact that he left looks to be incorrect as it bounced. So, I am posting here in the hopes that Joshua will see this and get in contact again.
I found a few references and a photo on William Work from the 417 NFS Illustrated History Chapter 4 pages 40-87. It seems William Work joined the 417th in October/November of 1944 as part of a replacement crew arriving from the 419th(?). Here is a group photo of crew that arrived. The caption on the photo indicates that William is 3rd from the left in the front row.
I believe William Work was a radar operator.
Another photo I found was titled “Condon and Willie Work @ LeVallon” and I assume the reference is to Bob Condon and William Work (in back).
That’s it so far, but I will keep searching the archives for any additional info on William. If anyone else has anything to add in this story, give me a shout!
Joshua, if you’re reading this, you can contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.