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Walter Elmer Getsey


Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. 18 x combat missions. Shot down by flak over the IP on a mission to Frankfurt on 4-Feb-44 in B-17 42-39803 'The Wolf'. Prisoner of War (POW). Killed attempting escape. MACR 2235

Awards: AM (2OLC), POW, PH.



  • Fewer McGee

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down by flak over the IP on a mission to Frankfurt on 4 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-39803 'The Wolf. ' Prisoner of War (POW).

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. ...

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...

  • 324th Bomb Squadron

    324th Bomb Squadron

    Home of the Memphis Belle


  • 42-39803 The Wolf

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach Assigned 324BS/91BG [DF-Y] Bassingbourn 7/10/43; 16m Missing in Action Frankfurt 4/2/44 with Fewer McGee, Co-pilot: Max Sweyer, Navigator: Don Vandervelden, Bombardier: Ed Bauer, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bill Graham, Ball...

Associated Place

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents ( , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...

  • Stalag Luft VI

    Other location

  • Dulag Luft 12

    Other location


Event Location Date
Born Conmount, Ohio, USA 15 February 1921

Son of Andrew and Mary V Getsey.

Enlisted Camp Perry, Lacarne, OH 17 November 1942

Camp Perry, Lacarne, Ohio

Based Bassingbourn 1944 – 4 February 1944

Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF.

Prisoner of War (POW) Heydekrug, Lithuania 4 February 1944 – 16 July 1944

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag VI, moved to Stalag Luft IV. Killed En-route.

Baled out POW/KIA Frankfurt, Germany 4 February 1944
Died Baltic Sea 16 July 1944

Killed whilst in transit between POW camps. Dived off transport ship in Baltic and machine gunned by guards.

Buried Cambridge American Cemetery 1946

Tablets of the Missing
Cambridge American Cemetery
Coton, Cambs, UK

Buried Saint Joseph Cemetery Conneaut, Ashtabula County, OH 1948

Saint Joseph Cemetery
Conneaut, Ashtabula County, Ohio


Date Contributor Update
29 June 2021 13:31:45 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:26:50 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2235 / MACR 2235, 8th AF Losses / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database