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Walter James Nachtwey

Military

2nd Lt Walter J Nachtwey Co Pilot Survived his final mission to the synthetic rubber plant located at Hulls Germany on June 22, 1943. Enemy aircraft attacked the formation at approximately 09:15AM just prior to their reaching the IP of their bomb run. His B17F 42-29946 was damaged by 20 mm cannon fire causing the aircraft to spin, tumble and crash. Nachtwey stated that the violent spinning action of the ship forced him onto a “catwalk and down by the emergency hatch located in the nose of the aircraft.” He was able to exit the aircraft, landing in a field immediately beneath their flight path. Captured he remained a Prisoner of War for the duration in Stalag Luft III.

Service

Units served with

  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 379th Bomb Group, based at Kimbolton, flew more sorties than any other Bomb Group in the Eighth Air Force and dropped a greater bomb tonnage than any other Group. The B-17 Flying Fortress Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit Citations, the...

  • 525th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-29946

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 15/3/43; Gore 16/3/43; Cheyenne 22/3/43; Walla Walla 2/4/43; Metropolitan 13/4/43; Assigned 525BS/379BG Kimbolton 4/5/43; ...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 65

    22 June 1943
    The German rubber industry (Chemische Werke Hüls AG) at Marl (district Hüls-Nord), Germany, is the primary objective of this mission and is assigned to the Bomb Groups with the most expericence. Also the industrial area of Antwerp, Belgium is assigned...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
30 September 2017 03:59:06 Bombay Changes to middlename
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ancestry.com

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04 November 2015 23:40:38 Nachtwey Changes to nickname and awards
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Mary K. Bond, daughter of Walter J. Nachtwey

Date Contributor Update
03 November 2015 20:27:58 Hobie@64205 Changes to biography
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Nachtwey

Date Contributor Update
03 November 2015 13:29:58 Hobie@64205 Changes to biography
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Nachtwey

Date Contributor Update
03 November 2015 13:25:43 Hobie@64205 Changes to awards and mission associations
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Nachtwey

Date Contributor Update
03 November 2015 13:18:52 Hobie@64205 Changes to service number, biography and events
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Nachtwey

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:26:56 AAM AAM ingest
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 1294 / MACR 1294; The 379th Bombardier Group Anthology, pg 265 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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