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Walter R Battenberg

Military

Assigned to 67BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Crandell crew. On mission to Munich on 1-Mar-45, encountered heavier than forecast headwinds on return. Baled out vicinity St Quentin, France. RTD. Failed to Return (FTR) Wesel in B-24 42-100314 'Kay Bar' 24-Mar-45 Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 13601

Awards: AM (OLC), PH.

Service

People

  • Leonard Crandell

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    1st Lieutenant Leonard J. Crandell was born 3-Sep-18. His next of kin was his wife, Lavern Crabb. Also listed in his file are his mother, Elsie Crandell, and his daughter, Janice Sue Crandell. In addition, a brother, Staff Sergeant Ralph J. Crandell,...

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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. ...

  • 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    Group
    The 44th Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 15-January-1942 at McDill Field, Florida and equipped with B-24Cs. The Group moved to Barksdale Field, Louisiana and acted as a training unit for the 90th 93rd and 98th Bomb Groups and flew anti...

  • 67th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-100314 'Kay Bar'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 67BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Wesel with Crandell crew on JAG supply mission. Hit by ground fire, after dropping supplies, crashed into ground. 24-Mar-45 9 x KIA. MACR 13601

  • 42-95049 'Fearless Fosdick'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 67BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. A/C abandoned having run out off fuel after mission to Munich on 1-Mar-45, encountered heavier than forecast headwinds on return. A/C abandoned by Crandell crew, vicinity St Quentin, France. It crashed at Vermand,...

Missions

Associated Place

  • Shipdham

    Military site : airfield
    Shipdham was built in 1941-1942, the first US heavy bomber airfield in the English county of Norfolk. It was a standard design, with T2-type hangars and a domestic site dispersed to the south east. Improvements were carried out to increase the number...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA 13 August 1925

Son of Walter William and Delores D Battenberg.

Based Shipdham 1944 – 24 March 1945

Assigned to 67BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Wesel, Germany 24 March 1945

Failed to Return (FTR) Wesel in B-24 42-100314 'Kay Bar' 24-Mar-45 Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 13601

Buried Saint Augustine National Cemetery Saint Augustine, St. Johns County, FL 1948

Re-Interred
Saint Augustine National Cemetery
Saint Augustine, St. Johns County, FL

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 January 2020 11:55:20 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/42028102
https://www.fold3.com/image/310952159
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/17263359/walter-r_-battenberg

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:26:59 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 13601 / MACR 13601, http://8thairforce.com/44thbg/search/perlastname.asp">http://8thairforce.com/44thbg/search/perlastname.asp> / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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