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Elton Stace Walters

Military

18 December 1922 - Born in Ace, (Polk County) Texas
Family:
Henry Clinton Walters (Father), Exer (Griffin) Walters (Mother), Ruby (Lannou) Walters (Sister), Sadie V. (Murphy) Walters (Sister), Arley Walters (Brother), Wyatt Walters (Brother), Alton Walters (Brother), Youie Walters (Brother), Ellis Walters (Brother) & Winnie Walters (Sister)

26 June 1942 - Enlisted in Houston, TX
ASN (Enlisted) - 18116399
ASN - O-753764

13 February 1944 - Joined the 38th Fighter Squadron

27 March 1944 - Crash landed after a mission to Bordeaux. Crash landed after losing an engine and the hydraulics on the return from an operational mission to Bordeaux on 27 Mar 1944 in P-38J #42-67259. RTD. Returned on a single engine and crashed at Nuthampstead without injury.

12 April 1944 - Killed in Action
MACR No. 03724

38th Ftr. Sqdn. Intelligence reported from various sources: "2/Lt. Elton S. Walters, hit by flak and exploded over Channel. Lt. Walters was hit by at least three salvos from three heavy guns over Ostend Airdrome at 1410 while flying at an altitude of 10,000 feet. He continued for 5 miles after being hit, losing altitude to 7,000 feet when he was ordered to turn toward land. A few minutes later he said he'd have to bail out because it was getting too hot. Then his left engine caught fire. He made a steep turn to the right and the aircraft exploded at 3,000 feet. Right afterwards, a dinghy appeared behind the airplane empty."

Note from a squadron report: "Group CO made two 360 degree turns over Ostend and all hell broke loose from ack-ack. Pilots agreed we were providing target practice for the Germans over Ostend and a miracle more were not hit. Pilots brooded about this unnecessary loss."

Capt. Gerald F. Leinweber reported: "I was flying 2000 feet above and 1000 yards behind Lt. Walters and we were headed for Ostend. About 3 miles off shore his right engine burst into flames and the plane began to spin and upon completion of one half turn it disintegrated into 3 or 4 major parts and a dinghy was seen in the water, but the pilot was not seen. Just prior to the right engine bursting into flames the pilot called over the radio and said, 'I am going to have to leave it.' But no parachute was observed. It is my belief that the pilot was killed."

Lt. Walters' name is on the wall of the Missing, Henri-Chapelle American Military Cemetery and Memorial, Henri-Chapelle, Belgium. He was from Texas.

Service

Units served with

  • 55th Fighter Group

    55th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 55th Fighter Group were the first P-38 Lightning Group to go fully operational from England. The pilots flew long-range escort missions for bombers flying over occupied Europe and racked up 'kills' of their own by destroying enemy aircraft in...

  • 38th Fighter Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-67730

    P-38 Lightning

  • 42-67259

    P-38 Lightning
    P38J Destroyed in crash landing on one engine at Nuthampstead Airfield 27 March 1944 after mission to Bordeaux. 2LT Elton Walters uninjured.

Associated Place

  • Nuthampstead

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1942-43, Nuthampstead was the nearest Eighth Air Force heavy bomber base to London. It had three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. It was first occupied from September 1943 to April 1944 by the 55th...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Ace, Texas 18 December 1922
Killed in Action (KIA) English Channel 12 April 1944
Died 12 April 1944
Prisoner of War (POW)

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
28 June 2019 01:48:34 ForrestB Changes to place associations
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MACR

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22 June 2019 05:28:01 ForrestB Changes to biography
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Family friend

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22 June 2019 05:26:16 ForrestB Changes to biography
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Family friend

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22 June 2019 05:22:45 ForrestB Changes to biography
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Reproduced with kind permission of Mr. Robert M. Littlefield from the author's book Double Nickel - Double Trouble

Date Contributor Update
22 June 2019 05:14:51 ForrestB Changes to biography
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Reproduced with kind permission of Mr. Robert M. Littlefield from the author's book Double Nickel - Double Trouble

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22 June 2019 05:06:06 ForrestB Changes to events
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Family Friend

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22 June 2019 04:59:29 ForrestB Changes to middlename and media associations
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Family friend

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27 September 2014 18:08:59 AAM AAM ingest
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 3724 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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