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Walter Andrew Curley


Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 35 x combat missions. Ended Tour Duty (ETD).

Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.



  • Chester Flick

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bomber pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 34 x combat missions. Ended Tour Duty (ETD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • George McClellan

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on mission to Oschersleben on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17F #41-24587 'Bad Check'. Killed in Action (KIA).

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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. ...

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...

  • 427th Bomb Squadron


  • 41-24587 Bad Check

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-P] Bangor 5/10/42; Molesworth 25/10/42; Missing in Action 45m Oschersleben 11/1/44 with George McClellan, Co-pilot: Bill Fisher, ex B-26 pilot on his 1st mission, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Dave Tempesta, Radio Operator...

  • 42-102411

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Cheyenne 1/3/44; Hunter 21/3/44; Grenier 10/4/44; Assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-Y/P] Molesworth 30/4/44; battle damaged Berlin 18/3/45 with ?; force landed continent; Salvaged 28/3/45. MISS LACE.


  • 8th Air Force 174

    4 January 1944
    The port area of Kiel, Germany and the railroad marshalling yards at Munster, Germany are the Primary targets of this Mission which is organised as two elements: one going to Kiel and the other to Munster. Roger A. Freeman begins to designate aircraft...

Associated Place

  • Molesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Molesworth was one of the early stations used by the Eighth Air Force in the UK, first occupied by the 15th Bomb Squadron’s Douglas Bostons in June 1942. Built in 1940 and extended and improved in 1942, Molesworth is most associated with the 303rd...


Event Location Date
Born Boston, Suffolk County, MA 30 November 1923

Son of Patrick J and Cathrina A Curley.

Lived in Massachusetts, USA 1941
Enlisted Devens, MA, USA 16 January 1943

Fort Devens

Based Molesworth 4 January 1944 – 13 August 1944

Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF.

End Tour Duty (ETD) England, UK September 1944

Ended Tour Duty (ETD).

Discharged USAAF 6 December 1945

Honourable discharge.

Died Waterford, CT, USA 10 November 2004
Buried St Mary's Cemetery New London, CT 13 November 2004

St Mary's Cemetery
New London, Connecticut


Date Contributor Update
12 February 2021 12:00:44 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, biography, awards and events

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01 March 2017 19:28:05 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, events, person associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

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27 February 2017 15:34:01 Al_Skiff Changes to person associations

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27 February 2017 15:18:12 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, role, awards, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations

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Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:26:46 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Roster