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Walter Michael Soha

Military

1-May-42 Assigned as Navigator of B-17F 41-24619 [GN-S]"S-for-Sugar", 303BG/427BS at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho. 25-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth, UK aboard "S-for-Sugar".

Mission Participation (UNDER CONSTRUCTION)

Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME, UN and Korean medal.

Post war: Remained in USAF serving in Korean and Vietnam wars, rising to rank of Lt Colonel.

Service

Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...

  • 427th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24569 Memphis Tot

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24569 "Memphis Tot: [GN:V] was assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-W] Bangor 5-Oct-42; Molesworth 22-Oct-42. ...

  • 41-24584 Susfu

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24584 "Susfu" was assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-Q] Bangor 5-Oct-42; Molesworth 22-Oct-42; Missing in Action 23-Jan-43 while on a mission to bomb the port area and U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. Attacked by German FW-190 fighters and crashed at...

  • 41-24610 Joe Btfsplk II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-T] Bangor 5/10/42; Molesworth 25/10/42. ...

  • 41-24619 S-for-Sugar

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-S] Bangor 5-Oct-42; Molesworth 25-Oct-42; 52m Missing in Action Oschersleben 11-Jan- 44 with Tom Simmons, Co-pilot: Fred Reichel, Navigator: Bill Clyatt, Bombardier: Dick Vaughan, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Wallace...

  • 42-2966

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-U] Bangor 16/9/42; Molesworth 28/10/42; 1 CCRC Bovingdon 4/7/43 as trainer. Salvaged in the UK after the war, date not recorded.

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 21

    18 November 1942
    The U-Boat pens at Lorient and La Pallice, France are the Primary (P) targets for this mission. However, those at St. Nazaire, France are attacked by 21 B-17s of 303BG when they are mistaken for those of Lorient. The force attacking Lorient is composed...

  • VIII Bomber Command 22

    22 November 1942
    The U-Boat pens at Lorient, France are the Primary (P) target of this mission. A combined force of 68 B-17s despatched from 91BG (18), 303BG (18) 305BG (23) and 306BG (9) against the target but a 10/10 could cover prevents all but 11 from 303BG from...

  • VIII Bomber Command 24

    6 December 1942
    The German airfield of Drucat at Abbeville, France is the primary target for 19 B-24s despatched from 44th Bomb Group but are recalled. One squadron of 6 does not hear the recall and proceeds to the target, 1 B-24 MIA. ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 26

    20 December 1942
    The German Air Depot at Romilly-sur-Seine, France is the Primary (P) target for a combined force of 80 B-17s despatched by 91BG (17), 303BG (21); 305BG (23) and 306BG (19). 60 B-17 are effective on the target, but 7 are MIA and 1 is DBR. ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 27

    30 December 1942
    The U-Boat pens at Lorient, France are the target for this mission. A combined force of 77 B-17s are despatched by 91BG (19); 303BG (16); 305BG (13) and 306BG (18). Only 40 are effective on the target. All but 1 B-17 from the 18 despatched by 306BG is...

  • VIII Bomber Command 29

    13 January 1943
    The primary target for this mission is the Atclier d'Hellemmes locomotive works, associated steel works and the railroad marshalling yards at Lille, France. The attacking force is composed of 72 B-17s from: 91BG (13); 303BG (19); 305BG (23) and 306BG ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 30

    23 January 1943
    The port area and U-Boat pens at Lorient, France are the primary target for this mission. 305th Bombardment Group is selected as the lead group, but condensation on the bombsight of the lead aircraft in the Group prevents the 305BG from bombing Lorient...

  • VIII Fighter Command CIRCUS 257

    2 February 1943
    4th Fighter Group participates in two operations on this date: 24 Spitfires are despatched to support and escort 12 RAF Venturas on RAF Circus 257; 9 Spitfires are despatched on routing ship patrols.

  • VIII Bomber Command 33

    4 February 1943
    The marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany are again designated as the primary target for this mission follwing the abortive attempt of 2-Feb-43. However, weather and extreme cold frustrate this operation also. The main attacking force consists of 65 B-17s...

Associated Place

  • Molesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Molesworth was one of the early stations used by the Eighth Air Force in the UK, first occupied by the 15th Bomb Squadron’s Douglas Bostons in June 1942. Built in 1940 and extended and improved in 1942, Molesworth is most associated with the 303rd...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Crystal Falls, Michigan 10 February 1917

Son of Michael and Sophie Barbara [Dubiel] Soha.

Enlisted Wausau, WI 8 October 1941

Wausau, Wisconsin

Assigned to Aircraft Boise, ID, USA 1 May 1942

Assigned as Navigator of B-17F 41-25619 "S-for-Sugar", 303BG/427BS at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho.

Arrived in UK Molesworth, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28, UK 25 October 1942

Arrived Molesworth, UK, aboard and as Navigator of B-17F 41-24619 "S-for-Sugar", 303BG/427BS

Mission #1, 2LT Walter M. Soha, w/B-17F 41-24584, 303BG/427BS Saint-Nazaire, France 18 November 1942

Served as Navigator of B-17F 41-24584 "Susfu", 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. RTB OK.

Mission #2, 2LT Walter M. Soha, w/B-17F 41-24619, 303BG/427BS - Aborted Lorient, France 22 November 1942

Served as Navigator of B-17F 41-24619 "S-for-Sugar", 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Lorient, France, but mechanical failures force the pilot to abort the sortie. RTB OK.

Mission #3, 2LT Walter M. Soha, w/B-17F 41-24619, 303BG/427BS Lille, France 6 December 1942

Served as Navigator of B-17F 41-24619 "S-for-Sugar", 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the carriage and wagon works at Lille, France. RTB OK.

Mission #4, 2LT Walter M. Soha, w/B-17F 41-24619, 303BG/427BS Romilly-sur-Seine, France 20 December 1942

Served as Navigator of B-17F 41-24619 "S-for-Sugar", 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the German air depot at Romilly-sur-Seine, France. RTB OK.

Mission #5, 2LT Walter M. Soha, w/B-17F 41-24569, 303BG/427BS Lorient, France 30 December 1942

Served as Navigator of B-17F 41-24569 "Memphis Tot", 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. RTB OK.

Mission #6, 2LT Walter M. Soha, w/B-17F 41-24619, 303BG/427BS Lille, France 13 January 1943

Served as Navigator of B-17F 41-24619 "S-for-Sugar", 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the Lille Fives Locomotive Works at Lille, France. RTB OK.

Mission #7, 2LT Walter M. Soha, w/B-17F 41-24619, 303BG/427BS Lorient, France 23 January 1943

Served as Navigator of B-17F 41-24619 "S-for-Sugar", 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. RTB OK.

Mission #8, 2LT Walter M. Soha, w/B-17F 42-2966, 303BG/427BS - Aborted Hamm, Germany 2 February 1943

Served as Navigator of B-17F 42-2966, 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany. Severe weather forced Wing Command to recall the formation. RTB OK.

Mission #8, 2LT Walter M. Soha, w/B-17F 41-24610, 303BG/427BS Osnabrück, Germany 4 February 1943

Served as Navigator of B-17F 41-24610 "JoeBTFSPLK, 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the industrial areas of Asnabruck, Germany. RTB OK.

Died Melbourne, FL 17 November 2003
Buried Arlington National Cemetery 21 November 2003

Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington, Virginia
Section 68, Site 4892

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
01 March 2020 17:33:57 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, awards, events and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/312122432
https://www.fold3.com/image/660528862
https://www.fold3.com/record/44032804-walter-m-soha
https://www.fold3.com/record/84348927-walter-m-soha
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/49319726/walter-michael-soha

Date Contributor Update
29 February 2020 04:21:07 jmoore43 Changes to biography
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Added a "#" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" for clarity.

Date Contributor Update
20 March 2018 19:31:12 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations
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Key Image ID.

Date Contributor Update
21 February 2016 23:06:57 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 221-Feb-2016. Added Mission #9 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 4-Feb-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/014.pdf

Date Contributor Update
21 February 2016 23:04:02 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 221-Feb-2016. Added Mission #8 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 2-Feb-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/013.pdf

Date Contributor Update
21 February 2016 22:58:31 Lee8thbuff Changes to aircraft associations and mission associations
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Lee Cunningham 21-Feb-2016. Made connections to 42-2966 and 41-24610 and Missions of 2-Feb-43 and 4-Feb-43 per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, http://www.303rdbg.com/

Date Contributor Update
20 February 2016 18:52:24 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 20-Feb-2016. Corrected Mission Event designations and dates on Mission event #6 and #7.

Date Contributor Update
09 January 2016 23:13:44 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 9-Jan-2016. Added Mission #7 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 23-Jan-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/011.pdf

Date Contributor Update
09 January 2016 23:11:58 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 9-Jan-2016. Added Mission #6 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 13-Jan-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/010.pdf

Date Contributor Update
09 January 2016 23:08:57 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 9-Jan-2016. Added Mission #5 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 30-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/008.pdf

Date Contributor Update
09 January 2016 23:02:23 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 9-Jan-2016. Added Mission #4 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 20-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/007.pdf

Date Contributor Update
09 January 2016 23:00:04 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 9-Jan-2016. Added Mission #3 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 6-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/005.pdf

Date Contributor Update
09 January 2016 22:57:37 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 9-Jan-2016. Added Mission #2 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 22-Nov-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/003.pdf

Date Contributor Update
09 January 2016 22:54:40 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 9-Jan-2016. Added Mission #1 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 18-Nov-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/002.pdf

Date Contributor Update
09 January 2016 22:49:16 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 9-Jan-2016. Added Arrived in UK event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Glenn E. Hagenbuch crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-427-hagenbuch.html

Date Contributor Update
09 January 2016 22:46:46 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 9-Jan-2016. Added Assisgned to Aircraft event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Glenn E. Hagenbuch crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-427-hagenbuch.html

Date Contributor Update
09 January 2016 22:43:18 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
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Lee Cunningham 9-Jan-2016. Added initial assigment to Summary Biography,; made connections to place, aircraft (through 23-Jan-43); and missions (through 23-Jan-43) per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:26:53 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Self, http://303rdbg.com/rost-rs.html#R

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