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Walter Richard Carpenter

Military

On a mission to Berlin on 4 March 1944, B-17G #42-39991 was crippled by ME109s and after the rest of the crew baled out, the 2 pilots and the radio operator made an emergency landing SW of St Pol, France. Walter Carpenter was severely injured and died on 16 March 1944 in Military Hospital Calmette, Lille, France. Missing Air Crew Report #2741

Service

People

  • Murray Altman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 384th Bomb Group
    On a mission to Berlin on 4 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-39991 was crippled by ME109s and after the rest of the crew baled out, the 2 pilots and the radio operator made an emergency landing SW of St Pol, France. Killed in Action (KIA). Missing Air Crew Report ...

  • Robert DeMille

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Robert E. DeMille was my Father. He flew 32 missions in B-17's from Grafton-Underwood (384th BG/ 544th BS) and Chelveston in England. He never wanted to speak very much of his wartime experiences. He wanted to come home after his obligatory 25...

  • Wayne Fallesen

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 384th Bomb Group
    On a mission to Berlin on 4 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-39991, 'LOOK HOMEWARD ANGEL', was crippled by ME109s and after the rest of the crew baled out, the 2 pilots and the radio operator made an emergency landing SW of St Pol, France . Prisoner of War (POW)....

  • Donald Girard

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    On a mission to Berlin on 4 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-39991 was crippled by ME109s and after the rest of the crew baled out, the 2 pilots and the radio operator made an emergency landing SW of St Pol, France. ...

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Units served with

  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 384th Bomb Group flew B-17s from Grafton Underwood, Northamptonshire, between May 1943 and June 1945. They were engaged in daylight bombing missions over Germany as part of the Allies' efforts to destroy the effectiveness of the Luftwaffe by...

  • 544th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-39991 LOOK HOMEWARD ANGEL

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 28/10/43; Kearney 13/11/43; Assigned 544BS/384BG [SU-V] Grafton Underwood 8/1/44; then to the 546BS [BK-V]; Missing in Action Bonn (Cologne) on 4/3/44 with Walter Andrew Carpenter-died from injuries while in hospital, Bombardier:...

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 247

    4 March 1944
    The industrial areas in the suburbs of Berlin, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. All three Air Divisions despatch formations. However, the despatch from 2nd Air Division aborted the mission because of severe weather in the assembly area...

Associated Place

  • Grafton Underwood

    Military site : airfield
    Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...

Events

Event Location Date
Born South Bend, Indiana, USA 1921
Assigned Grafton Underwood NN14, UK 11 September 1943 – 4 March 1944

Assigned to the 384th Bombardment Group, 544th Bombardment Squadron on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #93 dated 11 September 1943, as crew pilot. 21 combat missions.

Killed in Action (KIA) Lille, France 16 March 1944

Final Resting Place or Memorial: Netherlands American Cemetery, Margraten, The Netherlands: Plot C Row 21 Grave 20

Revisions

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15 April 2017 02:25:26 bombercommand Changes to person associations
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15 April 2017 01:42:52 bombercommand Changes to biography
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Date Contributor Update
15 April 2017 01:01:49 bombercommand Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events, place associations, mission associations and media associations
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MACR #2741

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 2741 / MACR 2741, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces, http://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/PersonnelSearch.php?LastName=c... / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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