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Walter Moore Armistead

Military

Assigned to 505FS, 339FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) escort to Chatres, A/C P-51B 42-106720 suffered engine troubles, A/C abandoned and crashed near Châteaudun on 17-Jun-44. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 5945.

Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME, PH.

Post War: Remained in USAF. Fatal Crash - Ground Collision Warsaw Island, 15 miles Sth of Savannah 5-Dec-53.

Service

Units served with

  • 339th Fighter Group

    339th Fighter Group

    Group
    In the years before deployment to the UK, the Group had been designated as a Bombardment Group (Dive) and trained in A-24 and A-25 dive-bombers and P-39 Airacobras. When, in April 1944, they joined the Eighth Air Force in Britain though, the pilots...

  • 505th Fighter Squadron
  • 8th Air Force

Aircraft

  • 42-106720

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 505FS, 339FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) escort to Chatres, A/C P-51B 42-106720 suffered engine troubles, A/C abandoned and crashed near Châteaudun on 17-Jun-44. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 5945.

Associated Place

  • Fowlmere

    Military site : airfield
    Just as nearby Duxford was known as the 'Duck pond' by American airmen, so Fowlmere was known as 'the Hen Puddle' because of the wet conditions that pervaded the bases during the winter of 1943-1944. The 339th Fighter Group had no choice but to persist...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Alabama, USA 1921
Lived in Fulton County, GA, USA 1940
Enlisted Fort McPherson, Atlanta, GA 30310, USA 3 January 1942

Fort McPherson
Atlanta
Georgia

Assigned Fowlmere, Royston SG8, UK 6 June 1944 – 17 June 1944

Assigned to 505FS, 339FG, 8AF USAAF.

Prisoner of War (POW) Zagan, Poland 17 June 1944 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW).

Baled Out 28200 Châteaudun, France 17 June 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) escort to Chatres, A/C P-51B 42-106720 suffered engine troubles, A/C abandoned and crashed near Châteaudun on 17-Jun-44. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 5945.

Buried Birmingham, AL, USA December 1953

Oak Hill Cemetery
Birmingham
Jefferson County
Alabama, USA.

Died Wassaw Island, Georgia 31411, USA 5 December 1953

Fatal Crash - Ground Collision Warsaw Island, 15 miles Sth of Savannah, GA Cat 4 damage, pilot Lt Walter M Armistead, 5-Dec-53.

T-33A 51-9274 - 156FBS 116FBG

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 July 2016 12:08:48 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=Armistead&Submit=...
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmacr.asp?MACR=5945&Submit=Go
https://www.fold3.com/image/28645145
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbapi.asp?Pilot=Armistead%2C+Walter
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Armistead&GSfn=Wal...

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 5945 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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