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Walter Lewis Steele

Military

Assigned to 560BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Ludwigshafen 30-Dec-43 in B-17 42-31149 'My Day'; ditched in Channel 30-Dec-43, Returned to Duty (RTD). MACR 3139

Awards: AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Phillip Comella

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 560BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Ludwigshafen 30-Dec-43 in B-17 42-31149 'My Day'; ditched in Channel 30-Dec-43, Killed in Action. MACR 3139 Awards: AM, PH

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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. ...

  • 388th Bomb Group

    388th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 388th Bomb Group flew strategic bombing mission from Knettishall, Suffolk from June 1943 to the end of the war. During this time, though, detachments were sent to Fersfield, Norfolk to conduct Aphrodite missions. In these Aphrodite missions veteran...

  • 560th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-31149

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 25/9/43; Gr Island 9/10/43; Love Fd 12/10/43; Assigned 560BS/388BG Knettishall 15/10/43; Missing in Action Ludwigshafen 30/12/43 with Phil Comelia, Co-pilot: Guy Claypool, Navigator: Bill Aunspaugh, Bombardier: Curtis Bellfy, Flight...

Associated Place

  • Knettishall

    Military site : airfield
    Knettishall was built to Class A standard for an American Bomb Group that would be bringing up to forty heavy bombers with them in three or four Squadrons. The 388th Bomb Group, which stayed at Knettishall for their entire service in the ETO, flew B-17...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Irwin, PA 4 October 1921
Enlisted 28 September 1942

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Based Knettishall 1943 – 1944

Assigned to 560BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF.

Returned (RTD) English Channel Off Isle of Wight 30 December 1943

Failed to Return (FTR) Ludwigshafen 30-Dec-43 in B-17 42-31149 'My Day'; ditched in Channel 30-Dec-43, Returned to Duty (RTD). MACR 3139

Discharged USAAF 24 October 1945

Honourable discharge.

Died 27 November 1980
Buried Penn Lincoln Memorial Park North Huntingdon Township, Westmoreland County, PA December 1980

Penn Lincoln Memorial Park
North Huntingdon Township, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
25 November 2021 16:59:19 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/95709437/walter-l-steele

Date Contributor Update
25 November 2021 16:53:55 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/37110587
https://www.fold3.com/image/543953273
https://www.fold3.com/record/86986378/walter-l-steele-wwii-army-enlistme...
https://www.fold3.com/record/627942117/walter-steele-1921-veterans-affai...
https://www.fold3.com/record/701983080/steele-walter-l-us-wwii-hospital-...
https://catalog.archives.gov/id/143855292
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/95709437/walter-l-steele

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:26:58 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 3139 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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