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Leo Frank Walton Jr

Military

Assigned to 732BS, 453BG, 8AF USAAF. On practice mission, became lost shortly after take off, failing to form up with section. Landed in Czechoslovakia with a badly wounded crew member. POW. MACR 2968.

Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • John Turner

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 453rd Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak after becoming separated and lost on a practice formation flight and crossing the North Sea into Germany on 4 Feb 1944 in B-24H #41-28641 'Jabberwock' Landed in Sweden. INT.

Units served with

  • 453rd Bomb Group

    453rd Bomb Group

    Group
    As well as strategic bombardment missions, the 453rd Bomb Group also ferried cargo on two occasions. They hauled petrol, blankets, and rations to France in September 1944 and dropped ammunition, food and medical supplies near Wesel during the airborne...

  • 732nd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-28641 'Cee Gee'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 732BS, 453BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) practice mission, A/C became lost shortly after take off, failing to form up with section. Landed in Czechoslovakia with badly wounded crew members [Sgt Nissen and Sgt Tollefsen]. 2 x WIA, 10...

Associated Place

  • Old Buckenham

    Military site : airfield
    Allocated to the Eighth Air Force as a bomber base in 1942, Old Buckenham was built during 1942-43 with three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. The station was the exclusive home for the 453rd Bomb Group, equipped...

  • Stalag Luft VI

    Other location

  • Dulag Luft 12

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Chambers County, AL 24 September 1922

Son of Leo Frank and Ida Gunn Walton.

Enlisted Fort McClellan, AL 5 November 1942

Fort McClellan, Alabama

Based Old Buckenham 1943 – 4 February 1944

Assigned to 732BS, 453BG, 8AF USAAF.

Forced down Czechoslovakia 4 February 1944

On practice mission, became lost shortly after take off, failing to form up with section. Landed in Czechoslovakia with a badly wounded crew member. POW. MACR 2968.

Prisoner of War (POW) Tychowo, Poland 4 February 1944 – May 1945

Stalag Luft 4 Gross-Tychow (formerly Heydekrug) Pomerania, Prussia (moved to Wobbelin Bei Ludwigslust) (To Usedom Bei Savenmunde) 54-16

Died Lafayette, Chambers County, AL 28 March 2016
Buried LaFayette Cemetery Lafayette, Chambers County, AL 31 March 2016

LaFayette Cemetery
Lafayette, Chambers County, Alabama

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 November 2020 20:18:25 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/638860277
https://www.fold3.com/image/605593161
https://www.fold3.com/record/87995189-leo-f-walton-jr
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/160212939/leo-frank-walton

Date Contributor Update
12 November 2020 20:07:55 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, awards, events, person associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/638860277
https://www.fold3.com/image/605593161
https://www.fold3.com/record/87995189-leo-f-walton-jr
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/160212939/leo-frank-walton

Date Contributor Update
24 September 2020 22:01:44 jmoore43 Changes to events
Sources

Updated POW event per WW2 POW records at the National Archives (NARA).

Date Contributor Update
11 August 2016 09:11:47 Al_Skiff Changes to surname, middlename, suffix, service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/37105486

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:18:27 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 2968 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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