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John R Walker Jr

Military

Assigned to 450BS, 322BG, 9AF USAAF. Returned to base in severely battle damaged A/C, ordered enlisted men to bail out. While trying to land the plane skidded off the runway and into the control tower. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 15747.

Awards: DFC, AM (OLC), PH.

Service

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  • John Hill

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator/Gunner | 322nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 450BS, 322BG, 9AF USAAF. Returned to base in severely battle damaged B-26 41-31765, ordered to bail out over base. A/C crashed fatally, Evacuated to United States (EUS) 25-Aug-44. Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • George Peterson

    Military | Sergeant | Engineer / gunner | 322nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 450BS, 322BG, 9AF USAAF. Returned to base in severely battle damaged B-26 41-31765, ordered to bail out over base. A/C crashed fatally, Returned to Duty (RTD) on 25-Aug-44. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Ernest Pilot

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier | 322nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 450BS, 322BG, 9AF USAAF. Returned to base in severely battle damaged A/C B-26 41-31765, ordered to bail out over base. A/C crashed fatally, Returned to Duty (RTD) on 25-Aug-44. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Bruce Taylor

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-pilot | 322nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 450BS, 322BG, 9AF USAAF. Returned to base in severely battle damaged A/C, ordered enlisted men to bail out. While trying to land the plane, skidded off the runway and into the control tower. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 15747. ...

  • Marvin Vogt

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 322nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 450BS, 322BG, 9AF USAAF. Returned to base in severely battle damaged B-26 41-31765, ordered to bail out over base. A/C crashed fatally, Returned to Duty (RTD) on 25-Aug-44. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

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Units served with

  • 9th Air Force
  • 322nd Bomb Group

    322nd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 322nd Bombardment Squadron (Medium) was activated on 19-Jun-1942 at MacDill Field, Florida with B-26B Marauder aircraft. In late September 1942 the unit moved to Drane Field, Florida. The Ground echelon sailed for the UK aboard the Queen Elizabeth...

  • 450th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

Associated Place

  • Andrews Field

    Military site : airfield
    The base was known as Great Saling when construction – by US Army engineers – began in 1942 but was renamed Andrews Field in honour of the memory of Gen. Frank M. Andrews, who was killed when the B-24 he was travelling in crash-landed in Iceland on 3...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Guilford County, NC 1920
Enlisted Winston-Salem, NC 27 May 1942

Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Based Andrews Field 1943 – 12 August 1944

Assigned to 450BS, 322BG, 9AF USAAF.

Died Andrewsfield Aviation Ltd, Saling Airfield Stebbing Great Dunmow Essex CM6 3TH, United Kingdom 12 August 1944

Returned to base in severely battle damaged A/C, ordered enlisted men to bail out. While trying to land the plane skidded off the runway and into the control tower. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 15747.

Buried Cambridge American Cemetery 13 August 1944

Interred
Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial
Coton, Cambs, UK
Plot E Row 6 Grave 58

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 November 2020 18:53:16 Al_Skiff Changes to nickname, service number, biography, events and place associations
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https://www.fold3.com/image/310763350
https://www.fold3.com/record/84024254-john-r-walker-jr
https://www.fold3.com/record/529901992-john-r-walker-jr
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56287230/_

Date Contributor Update
24 September 2020 20:56:29 jmoore43 Changes to nickname
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Flagged as a "Possible DUPLICATE" in the Nickname field so an Admin can check out this person.

Date Contributor Update
13 April 2020 22:08:41 jmoore43 Changes to biography and events
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Corrected a typo in the "Summary biography".

Date Contributor Update
17 February 2018 17:52:44 Al_Skiff Changes to media associations
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Date Contributor Update
18 May 2017 19:59:36 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, suffix, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and media associations
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A/C Description - https://www.americanairmuseum.com/aircraft/964
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmsn.asp?SN=41-31765&Submit6=Go
https://www.fold3.com/image/47350050
https://www.fold3.com/image/310763350/?terms=O-814603%20John%20R%20Walker
https://www.fold3.com/page/87958835_john_r%20walker/details/
https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=56287230

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