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Walter L Regoli

Military

Shot down by heavy flak just prior to the target of Klein Machnow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17F #42-3491 'Chopstick-G George'. Killed in Action (KIA).

1st Lieutenant Walter L. Regoli was born September 13, 1923. His next of kin were his parents, Renaldo Regoli and Orie Laurilla Beardsley, his wife Ina Mae, and his sister, Eleanor Regoli. His hometown was Los Angeles, California. UCLA
On March 6, 1944, he was serving as Observer/Copilot aboard B-17 tail #42-3491 of the 385th Bomb Group, 551st Bomb Squadron, when it went down over Berlin, Germany.
His remains were not recovered and identified until 1956. He is buried at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier, California.

Service

Units served with

  • 385th Bomb Group

    385th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 385th Bomb Group, who took the nickname "Van's Valiants" after their first Commanding Officer Col. Elliot Vandevanter, flew B-17s from Great Ashfield, Suffolk. The Group led the famous attack on the Focke-Wolfe aircraft factory at Marienburg on 9...

  • 482nd Bomb Group

    482nd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 482nd Bomb Group was a Pathfinder Group, which using radar-equipped aircraft to support bombing missions until March 1944. Aircraft from this Group went ahead of other Bombers and sent information back about the best routes to take and the extent...

  • 551st Bomb Squadron
  • 812th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-3491

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 11/7/43; Grenier 18/8/43; Assigned 812BS/482BG [MI-G] Alconbury 20/8/43 (H2-X); Missing in Action Berlin 6/3/44 with Maj Fred Rabo, Co-pilot: John Morgan, Ball turret gunner: Bill Westcott, Waist gunner: Steve Keaton (4 Prisoner of War...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Los Angeles, CA, USA 13 September 1923

1st Lieutenant Walter L. Regoli was born September 13, 1923. His next of kin were his parents, Renaldo Regoli and Orie Laurilla Beardsley, his wife Ina Mae, and his sister, Eleanor Regoli. His hometown was Los Angeles, California. UCLA

Killed in Action (KIA) Germany 6 March 1944

On March 6, 1944, he was serving as Observer/Copilot aboard B-17 tail #42-3491 of the 385th Bomb Group, 551st Bomb Squadron, when it went down over Berlin, Germany.

Died 6 March 1944
Buried Whittier, CA, USA

His remains were not recovered and identified until 1956. He is buried at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier, California.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
01 December 2018 17:48:27 chattyts Changes to biography and events
Sources

Updating his correct parents from Ina Mae as his mother to his wife, his mother was Orie Laurilla Beardsley. My mother was Walter Regoli's first cousin. I have a few photos of him as well.

Date Contributor Update
07 March 2015 22:39:59 WW2 Researcher Bill Beigel Changes to highest rank, biography, events and unit associations
Sources

IDPF and/or crash report researched by Bill Beigel. IDPF donated to American Air Museum by Bill Beigel. For more information about this flyer, you may contact http://ww2research.com.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:26:57 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 3362 / MACR 3362, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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