Donald A Walter

Military ROLL OF HONOUR

Object Number - UPL 17448 - Crew of the "Johnny Reb" Serial 41-9089. Back row, from left to right : Navigator Lt Harold Spire; Bombardier Lt Ewart T. Sconiers; Co-Pilot Lt...

Killed in Action (KIA) in fighter attack in B-17 #41-9089. First Killed in Action (KIA) for VIII Bomber Command.

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Units served with

  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force Twelfth Air Force Fifteenth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 97th Bomb Group 414th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-724720
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Bombardier
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 97th Bomb Group 414th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 15048241 and O-431059
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot

Aircraft

A B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 41-9089) nicknamed "Johnny Reb" of the 92nd Bomb Group, formerly of the 97th Bomb Group takes off. Image stamped on reverse: 'New York Times Photo.' [stamp], 'Air (Boeing) FLY.' [annotation] and '219847.'[Censor no.] A printed caption was previously attached the the reverse however this has been lost. Handwritten caption on reverse: '4/9/42, marsh ground. Johnny Reb.'
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Johnny Reb
  • Unit: 97th Bomb Group 414th Bomb Squadron

Missions

  • Date: 17 August 1942
  • Official Description: 12 B-17’s of 97th Bomb Group, escorted by Spitfires, launch first Army Air Force Heavy Bomber attack from UK against Western Europe. Target is Rouen-Sotteville Marshalling Yard. Sergeant Kent R West shoots down German fighter, thus becoming the first...
  • Date: 21 August 1942
  • Official Description: At Gen Arnold’s request, Gen Eisenhower gives Gen Spaatz additional duties as Air Officer for ETOUSA and head of the air section of its staff, thus assuring active participation by Eighth AF in theater planning. 12 airplanes are dispatched to bomb...

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

Geauga County, OH, USA 1920-04-12

Buried

Cambridge American Cemetery, Plot F, Row 1, Grave 82

Other

Killed in Action (KIA)

Rotterdam, The Netherlands 1942-08-21 Killed when a German fighter attacked the aircraft.

Revisions

Date23 Mar 2020 23:38:10
Contributorjmoore43
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Added a "#" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

Date15 Feb 2018 23:17:52
Contributorjmoore43
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Added date of birth from a search at Ancestry.com

Date12 Nov 2014 22:44:41
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 12-Nov-2014. Edits to life events. "The Mighty Eighth War Diary" Roger A. Freeman.

Date20 Oct 2014 20:38:25
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 20-Oct-2014 Correction of typographical error in burial location.

Date18 Oct 2014 19:35:31
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 19-Oct-2014 Mission associations "Mighty Eighth War Diary" Roger A, Freeman.

Date18 Oct 2014 19:30:45
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 19-Oct-43, Service Number, burial location, awards from American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) records.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:07:24
ContributorAAM
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / first combat wing, 97 Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. 1 p. 493 by Bishop & Hey

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