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Walter J Konantz


64 missions. Had Scottie dog purchased in London, smuggled on board the troop ship, and brought her home.

DFC/ AM w/ 10 Oak Leaf Cluster/ 2 Unit Citations/ ETO w/ 3 battle stars

1st Lieutenant in the 2nd World War, became part of the 55th Fighter Group in 1944 after passing advanced flying school in the USAAF. He piloted a P-51D named “Saturday Night”. Over the course of his WW2 career from 2nd August 1944 to 29th March 1945 he destroyed 4 enemy aircraft on 4 separate missions. In total he flew 64 missions which totaled 294 hours.

After his tour of duty ended on the 29th March 1945, he married in 1946 to Doris A. Isenmann in Jasper. He served in World War 2, the Korean Conflict and Vietnam War.

Additionally Konantz was part of many aviation groups such as the P-51 Mustang Pilots Association, and the 55th Fighter Group Association.



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    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot, Pilot | 55th Fighter Group
    Shot down by a friendly B-17 on the 07,04,1945 and became a POW (Prisoner of War). He was part of the 338th Fighter Squadron, the same squadron as his brother 'Walter J. Konantz', also a fighter pilot. ...

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Units served with

  • 55th Fighter Group

    55th Fighter Group

    The 55th Fighter Group were the first P-38 Lightning Group to go fully operational from England. The pilots flew long-range escort missions for bombers flying over occupied Europe and racked up 'kills' of their own by destroying enemy aircraft in...

  • 338th Fighter Squadron



Event Location Date
Born Lamar, Missouri 7 March 1922
Promoted 16 October 1944

Promoted from 2nd Lieutenant to 1st Lieutenant.

End Tour of Duty (ETD) 29 March 1945

Ended Tour of Duty with the 55th Fighter Group.

Died 3 April 2001


Date Contributor Update
29 June 2016 11:19:38 RichardJohnDux Changes to biography

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29 June 2016 11:17:55 RichardJohnDux Changes to person associations

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29 June 2016 11:10:31 RichardJohnDux Changes to biography

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29 June 2016 11:09:28 RichardJohnDux Changes to biography and events
Sources (Taken from the pilots directory of

Date Contributor Update
29 June 2016 10:51:04 RichardJohnDux Changes to highest rank and aircraft associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:26:55 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list / self, 55th FG newsletter