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William J. McCusker III collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 02-17.0013

Scope and Contents

This collection relates to William J. McCusker III who served as a C-47 pilot with the 18th Troop Carrier Squadron during World War II.  The collection includes letters, documents, photographs, flight records, certificates, pilot manuals, and pilot training class yearbooks. The collection also contains handwritten notebooks kept by William J. McCusker III during his service as a police officer with the New York Police Department.


  • 1937-2004
  • Other: Majority of material found within 1943-1945
  • Other: Date acquired: 07/07/2017


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to all researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish, exhibit, or broadcast works from the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience must be requested and granted in writing by the director of the Institute.  Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Institute on World War II as the owner of the physical items and the copyright holder.  Possession of a copy of an item does not constitute permission to publish, exhibit, or broadcast it. The Institute on World War II and the Human Experience reserves the right to refuse permission to individuals and publishers who have not complied with its policies. Permission fees must be paid before images are provided. Please contact the director of the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience for current publication and duplication rates.

Biographical / Historical

William J. McCusker III was born February 27, 1922 in Bronx, NY. He attended Evander Childs High School, Bronx, NY and Manhattan College. He entered the U.S. Army Air Corps on March 25, 1943  and completed pilot's training.  He flew C-47 transport planes with the 18th Troop Carrier Squadron in North Africa, Sicily, India, Burma, and Southern France. He flew missions that supported partisans in Northern Italy from January to May 1945.  He was discharged from active service on January 18, 1947 with the rank of Major. He continued to serve and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force Reserves. McCusker III also flew the following aircraft: PT-17, BT-63, AT-11, AT-9, T-28, C-45,  and C-46. Because of the number of missions flown, he was awarded the Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters and Distinguished Flying Cross. McCusker III was a member of the American Legion, Moose Lodge, VFW, International Police Association, Orlando Chapter of 10-13 Club, China-Burma- India Veterans Organization, and a lifelong member of the Elks Lodge of Winter Park. After the war, Bill served for 20 years as a New York City Police Officer, badge #4500,  with the 1st Precinct before moving his family to Florida in 1971.  William McCusker III passed away on September 26, 2007 in Orlando, FL.  He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Note written by William McCusker IV


3 boxes

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was donated by William J. McCusker IV, son of William J. McCusker III. The colletion was acquired by the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience on July 7, 2017.

William J. McCusker III collection
Michael G. Kasper
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Repository Details

Part of the Institute on WWII and the Human Experience Repository