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Joseph Michael Walsh


Assigned to 326BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. ETD

Returning from mission to Hanover when attacked by seven Fw190's in B17 42-29612 26-Jul-43. Finally over the channel attacked by Me109. Credited shoot down of attacking Me109. Forced to ditch off Norfolk coast. All crew rescued by ASR.

Ditched in Channel 5-Sep-43 in B-17 42-30668, on return from mission to Stuttgart due to fuel shortage. All crew rescued by ASR.

Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME, Goldfish club member.



  • Blair Belongia

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 327BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. ...

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    The 92nd Group sometime after arrivial in the UK converted to the role of in-theater combat crew indocrination and training. For this role, the Group traded its B-17F complement and obtained the B-17E, mostly from the 97th BG which was departing for...

  • 326th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-29612

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 17/1/43; Salina 26/1/43; Assigned 49BS/2BG Kearney 4/2/43; mech. failure caused taxi accident with George Robinson 13/2/43; Orlando 11/3/43; Nashville 10/4/43; Dow Fd 12/4/43; transferred 325BS/92BG [JW-J] (& 326BS) Alconbury 25/4/43;...

  • 42-30668

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 8/7/43; Kearney 24/7/43; Dow Fd 28/7/43; Assigned 327BS/92BG [UX- ] Alconbury 15/8/43; Podington 16/9/43; Missing in Action Stuttgart 6/9/43 with Cpt Blair Belongia, Co-pilot: Bob Klein, Navigator: Howie Eaton, Bombardier: George...

  • 42-31016

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 3/9/43; Scott 1/10/43; Assigned 326BS/92BG [JW-O] Podington 17/10/43; Missing in Action Keil 4/1/44 with Joe Hughes, Co-pilot: Bromby Westlake, Navigator: Albt Stern, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: John Tonon, Ball turret gunner:...


  • VIII Bomber Command 77

    26 July 1943
    The German rubber industry at Hannover, Germany and the U-Boat shipyards at Hamburg, Germany are the primary focus of this mission. In addition, a German ship convoy and targets of opportunity at Wilhelmshaven and Wesermunde are bombed. The first...

Associated Place

  • Podington

    Military site : airfield
    Built originally to accommodate two RAF bomber squadrons, the first USAAF unit to occupy the base was the 15th Bomb Squadron in September 1942. Podington was then used as a satellite for nearby Chelveston. Work to lengthen the runways, although this...


Event Location Date
Born Scranton, PA 12 June 1920

Son of John Walsh.

Based Podington 1943 – 1944

Assigned to 327BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF.

Married Berkhamstead, Herts, UK March 1944

Married in Catholic Church Berkhamstead, Herts Mar-44.

Discharged USAAF 23 September 1945

Honourable discharge.

Died 1996

Settled in UK post war.


Date Contributor Update
07 February 2020 19:48:11 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, nickname, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations, mission associations and media associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:17:28 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. I by Biship & Hey p. 192, 269