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Harold G Stalnaker

Military

Assigned to 366FS, 358FG, 9AF USAAF. 90+ combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) armed recon mission to Nonnweiler. Mis-Identified, bounced and shot down by friendly P-47's in a 'blue on blue' incident. Slumped forward in harness, A/C streaming white smoke and crashed after an almost vertical dive at Kehlen. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 11607.

Awards: DFC, AM (13 OLC), PH.

Service

Units served with

  • 9th Air Force
  • 358th Fighter Group

    358th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 358th Fighter Group flew seventeen missions with the Eighth Air Force from Leiston air base. At the beginning of February 1944 the Group were transferred to the Ninth Air Force in exchange for the 357th Fighter Group. With the Ninth, the Group went...

  • 366th Fighter Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-76267

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 366FS, 358FG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) armed recon mission to Nonnweiler. Mis-Identified, bounced and shot down by friendly P-47's in a 'blue on blue' incident. Slumped forward in harness, A/C streaming white smoke and crashed...

Associated Place

  • High Halden

    Military site : airfield
    Used as an RAF Advanced Landing Ground in 1943 with temporary runways and buildings. High Halden was then used as a Ninth Air Force Advanced Landing Ground, before being occupied by the 358th Fighter Group in 1944.

Events

Event Location Date
Born Spencer, WV 25276, USA 10 April 1923

Son of Gay L and Amy V Stalnaker.

Lived in Roane County, WV, USA 1941
Enlisted Charleston, WV, USA 3 November 1942
Based High Halden 1944 – 23 December 1944

Assigned to 366FS, 358FG, 9AF USAAF.

Died Kehlen, Luxembourg 23 December 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) armed recon mission to Nonnweiler. Mis-Identified, bounced and shot down by friendly P-47's in a 'blue on blue' incident. Slumped forward in harness, A/C streaming white smoke and crashed after an almost vertical dive at Kehlen. KIA MACR 11607.

Buried Kehlen, Luxembourg 24 December 1944

Interred
Kehlen, Luxembourg next to crash site.

Buried 1945

Tablets of the missing
Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial,
Luxembourg City,
Luxembourg

Buried 7 April 2004

Re-Interred
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington
Arlington County
Virginia, USA

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