Air Force awards WWII pilot for valor

Published 3:54 pm Tuesday, April 14, 2009

The Butler County Commission and U.S. Air Force took time to posthumously honor World War II veteran Capt. William S. Norred, a native of Pineapple, and his family on Monday during its monthly commission meeting.

Norred was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor for heroism during air combat in World War II. Norred served as flight leader and formation commander of a B-26 squadron and was leading a mission over Rizzo Airdrome in Sicily, Italy, when his plane was damaged by anti-aircraft fire.

Norred initiated evasive action and completed his mission, conducting “devastating bombardment of his target,” according to the Air Force. 12 enemy fighters soon attacked the unescorted bombers, but Norred outmaneuvered the enemy aircraft, destroying five of them.

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Lt. Gen. Allen G. Peck, Commander of Air University in Montgomery, attended the ceremony, presenting the award to Norred’s wife, Doris.

“Capt. Norred epitomized the Air Force’s core values of integrity first, service before self and excellence in all we do,” said Peck.

Also attending the ceremony was Navy Rear Admiral (Ret.) Clyde Marsh, commissioner of the Alabama Department of Veterans.

“Capt. Norred was an American Airman with a mission to fly, fight and win,” said Marsh. “He was faithful to his proud heritage, upheld the tradition of honor, and left a legacy of valor.”

The Butler County Veterans Service Office in Greenville contacted the Air Force requesting a review of Norred’s