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Donald A Walter


Killed in Action (KIA) in fighter attack in B-17 #41-9089. First Killed in Action (KIA) for VIII Bomber Command.



  • Ewart Sconiers

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 97th Bomb Group
    Lt Ewart Sconiers was Bombardier on B-17 #41-9089 'Johnny Reb', one of the 12 B-17s participating in the first heavy bomber raid of the 8th Air Force on 17 August 1942. The target were the shipyards of Rouen/Sotteville, France. ...

  • Richard Starks

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 97th Bomb Group
    Richard Starks grew up in Woodford County, Kentucky. He attended the Midway High School and the University of Kentucky before enlisting in April 1941. After his enlistment, he was sent to Tulsa, Oklahoma for primary training, starting to fly the...

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Units served with

  • 97th Bomb Group

    97th Bomb Group

    The 97th Bomb Group flew the Eighth Air Force's first heavy bomber mission from the UK when they bombed a marshalling yard at Rouen on 17 August 1942. Just a month later though the Group were reassigned to the Twelfth Air Force and left England for the...


  • 41-9089 Johnny Reb

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Sarasota 15/4/42. Assigned 414BS/97BG Polebrook 4/42. Flew on first 8th Air Force heavy bomber mission 17 August 1942 with Pilot Lt. Richard S. Starks (WIA 21/8/42); Co-pilot: Donald A. Walter (KIA 21/8/42); Navigator: Harold Spire;...


  • VIII Bomber Command 1

    17 August 1942
    The US 8AF launches its first strategic bombing raid of the war, sending 12 Boeing B-17Es of the 97BG on a strike against the railyards of Sotteville-lès-Rouen, France, while another six fly a diversionary route. The attacking force is split into two...

  • VIII Bomber Command 4

    21 August 1942
    97BG despatches 12 B-17s on a mission to bomb the shipyards and harbour facilities at Rotterdam, Holland. The mission is aborted when attacked by approximately 25 Bf-109 and Fw-190 fighter aircraft. Spitfire aircraft were despatched by 31FG as escorts...


Event Location Date
Born Geauga County, OH, USA 12 April 1920
Killed in Action (KIA) Rotterdam, The Netherlands 21 August 1942

Killed when a German fighter attacked the aircraft.

Buried 1945

Cambridge American Cemetery, Plot F, Row 1, Grave 82


Date Contributor Update
23 March 2020 23:38:10 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Added a "#" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

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15 February 2018 23:17:52 jmoore43 Changes to events

Added date of birth from a search at

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12 November 2014 22:44:41 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography and events

Lee Cunningham 12-Nov-2014. Edits to life events. "The Mighty Eighth War Diary" Roger A. Freeman.

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20 October 2014 20:38:25 Lee8thbuff Changes to events

Lee Cunningham 20-Oct-2014 Correction of typographical error in burial location.

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18 October 2014 19:35:31 Lee8thbuff Changes to mission associations

Lee Cunningham 19-Oct-2014 Mission associations "Mighty Eighth War Diary" Roger A, Freeman.

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18 October 2014 19:30:45 Lee8thbuff Changes to service number, awards and events

Lee Cunningham 19-Oct-43, Service Number, burial location, awards from American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) records.

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27 September 2014 18:07:24 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / first combat wing, 97 Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. 1 p. 493 by Bishop & Hey