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Wallace Nathan Emmer


Wallace Emmer enlisted in the US Army Reserve in 1941. He became a Pilot Officer at Luke Field, Arizona on 29 September 1942. First assigned there to the 20th Fighter Group, he was transferred to the 354th Fighter Group / 353rd Fighter Squadron in January 1943 and was promoted to Lieutenant on 21 April. Sent overseas, he arrived in England in September 1943. He was soon credited with his first kills and was promoted to Captain on 15 January 1944. He achieved Ace status on 14 May 1944 when he shot down two Me109 fighters. Promoted ad interim 353rd Squadron Commander after the death of Major Don Merril Beerbower on a morning mission on 9 August 1944, Wallace Emmer was shot down himself in the afternoon of the same day on a 9th Air Force mission to the Reims area in France. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 8149. Captain Emmer was captured and first went to Stalag 12A in Bad Orb before being interned at Stalag 9B in Limburg-An-Der-Lahn, Germany. He died at Dulag Luft-Wetzlar on 15 February 1945. He was scheduled to be released to the Red Cross due to his injuries and was standing next to Col Chales Stark when an air raid siren next to him went off causing him to have a fatal heart attack. Wallace Emmer is credited with 16 aerial victories (2 of which shared, 1 probable). Wallace’s brother, PFC Raymond P. Emmer served in the 99th Infantry Division/394th Infantry Regiment and was killed in Germany on 18 November 1944. He was not yet 20.


Units served with

  • 9th Air Force
  • 354th Fighter Group

    354th Fighter Group

    The Group moved to England in the autumn of 1943 and was assigned to the Ninth Air Force in December 1943. The Group were the first to fly P-51 Mustangs operationally and in their bomber escort missions pushed to find the long-range limits of the...

  • 353rd Fighter Squadron


  • 44-13948 Arson's Reward

    P-51 Mustang
    P-51D # 44-13948 took off from ALS #2 in Cricqueville, France and was piloted by Captain Wallace N. Emmer on a 9 August 1944 afternoon patrol mission to the Reims, France area. Hit by Flak in the center of the fuselage, it lost large pieces of its...

Associated Place

  • Boxted

    Military site : airfield
    Boxted was built for heavy bombers and became operational from May 1943. In the few months B-26 Marauders of the 386th Bomb Group were stationed there, there were two night attacks by the Luftwaffe. On 17 August 1943, one man was killed when bombs...

  • Lashenden

    Military site : airfield
    Close to but completely separate from RAF Headcorn, Lashenden was built for the RAF during 1942-43 as an Advanced Landing Ground (ALG), initially as a light bomber base and then as a training base for mobile fighter squadrons. Enlarged and improved for...

  • Cricqueville

    Military site : airfield


Event Location Date
Born Omaha, Nebraska, United States 18 November 1917

the son of Vivien Horace and Blanche (Nathan) Emmer

Prisoner of War (POW) Wetzlar, Germany 9 August 1944 – 15 February 1945

Captured and first went to Stalag 12A in Bad Orb before being interned at Stalag 9B in Limburg-An-Der-Lahn, Germany. He died from myocarditis at Dulag Luft-Wetzlar on 15 February 1945.

Buried New Mount Sinai Cemetery & Mausoleum, Affton, Missouri, United States 1948

Initially buried at Büblinghausen, near Wetzlar, his remains were repatriated to the US


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09 December 2017 03:22:38 fugari Changes to biography

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MACR 8149

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30 January 2015 17:40:17 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, highest rank, role, unit associations and media associations

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