9th AF Patch

416th Bombardment Group (L)

William Aiken "Bill" Peck

Cpt, Pilot

August 15, 1921 - June 8, 2005

669th Bombardment Squadron (L)


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William A. (Bill) Peck

William Aiken Peck, 83, of Gladstone, MO, died June 8, 2005 after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease. He donated his body for research to K.U. Medical Center. Memorial service is 11 a.m., Monday, June 13, at Gashland Methodist Church.

Bill was a WWII veteran awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. For 15 years he was a civilian flight instructor for military students. In 1967 he joined the Federal Aviation Agency in St. Louis. From 1974 until retirement in 1985, he worked in Kansas City for the FAA. Bill was our hero, a man of integrity, honor, duty and love who lived a life of discipline and simplicity. He will be missed.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Gashland United Methodist Church, 7715 N. Oak Trafficway, Kansas City, MO, 64118.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Ellis Peck, Valdosta, GA, P.W. Peck, St. Augustine, FL. Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Bea Dot, Gladstone, MO; four children, William A. Peck, Jr., Crestview, FL, Polly Rutherford, Chesterfield, MO, Thomas Drew Peck, Yorktown, VA, Peter Ward Peck, Valrico, FL; two brothers, Ed Peck, Daytona Beach, FL, Louis Peck, Tampa, FL; two sisters, Claudie Fender, Valdosta, GA, Nette King, McMinnville, TN; and 12 grandchildren.

Published in Kansas City Star on June 12, 2005
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William Peck and unkown Friends

L-R: Ira Longino, Bill Pawley and Bill Peck, Atlanta, GA, Apr 4, 1943

Left: L-R: William Peck and Unknown soldier in front of A-20 aircraft "Peck's Bad Boy" / "Claudette Arnette"
Right: L-R: Lts Norman V. Shainberg, Tonnis Boukamp, William A. Peck, 669th BS Pilots

Distinguished Flying Cross Citation to Capt. William A. Peck
"For extraordinary achievement against the enemy on 6 June 1944..." (D-Day)

"Goin' Home" courtesy of the U.S. Air Force Band