Walter V Mesler

Military ROLL OF HONOUR

BTG, Evans Crew. 381st BG, 535th BS. Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #42-29950 'Forget Me Not'. Mission 317 to the synthetic oil works at Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Alternate target hit at the steel works of Vereinigte Stahlworks of Boxhum. #2 and #4 engines knocked out/on fire by fighters. MACR 385. S/Sgt Mesler last reported laying next to ball turret after being struck by 20mm fire. Killed in Action (KIA).

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Units served with

The insignia of the 381st Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Air base

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 381st Bomb Group 535th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 19067088
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Top Turret Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 381st Bomb Group 535th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 33234926
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: waist gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 381st Bomb Group 535th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: T-303
  • Highest Rank: Flight Officer
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 381st Bomb Group 535th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 33273367
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 381st Bomb Group 535th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 15103843
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Forget Me Not
  • Unit: 381st Bomb Group 535th Bomb Squadron

Missions

Places

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

Died

1943-08-12

Other

Killed in Action (KIA)

Belgium 1943-08-12

Revisions

Date6 Dec 2022 22:28:04
Contributorjmoore43
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Added an association to “Ridgewell” the home base of the 381st BG.

Date3 Nov 2017 03:51:42
ContributorARowe95
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ARowe95

Date2 Nov 2017 21:10:16
ContributorARowe95
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ARowe95

Date27 Sep 2014 18:27:02
ContributorAAM
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381st Bomb Group Memorial Association, March 1999; MACR 385 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 385 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database