Walter Harold Keilt


Assigned to 368BS, 306BG, 8AF USAAF. Completed 28 x missions. He flew plane 'Weary Bones'. Had a crew mascot named Boike, a small black dog, who flew from Nebraska to England with his own oxygen mask and parachute. On a test flight over base at Thurleigh on 05 June 1944, the crew decided to try to make news by having Boike jump from their airplane. Boike was dropped from the tail gunner's hatch. Boike survived, but the crew did not get the photograph wanted to send to the Stars and Stripes. The crew never got in trouble. Read for more information in Walter Keilt 306th BGA File.

Awards: AM (3OLC), American Campaign, EAME (2BS), WWII Victory.


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Units served with

Official insignia of the 306th Bomb Group, approved 6 January 1943, and updated 2 October 1951.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment


A bomber grew of the 306th Bomb Group with their B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-37943) nicknamed "Weary Bones".
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Weary Bones
  • Unit: 306th Bomb Group 368th Bomb Squadron



Event Location Date Description


New York, New York 14 July 1921 Born New York, New York


New York, New York 9 April 1942 Enlisted New York, New York


Concrete, Washington 21 January 2008 Died Concrete, Washington



306th BG Association Directory, 1 September 1999 Edition / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia