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Walter J Otton


Shot down by fighters and crashed at Schelesttstadt on 7/13/44 in B-17 #42-97953, Prisoner of War (POW).

Shot up by flak over Hamburg, June 20 1944 the lead ship returned to the base minus virtually everything but the crew.



Units served with

  • 401st Bomb Group

    401st Bomb Group

    The 401st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deenethorpe, Northamptonshire, from November 1943 to June 1945. Starting their missions at that time meant the focus was very much on the coming invasion attempt of France planned for the following...

  • 615th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-97953

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 15/4/44; Cheyenne 1/5/44; Hunter 14/5/44; Dow Fd 26/5/44; Assigned 385BG Gt Ashfield 30/5/44; transferred 615BS/401BG [IY-N] Deenethorpe 5/6/44; Missing in Action Munich 13/7/44 with Walter Otton, Co-pilot: Bill Ballenger, Navigator:...


Event Location Date
Born Moscow, Idaho, USA
Prisoner of War (POW) France 13 July 1944


Date Contributor Update
25 January 2021 23:05:27 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Added a "-" to the A/C tail # in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:26:56 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 7499 / MACR 7499, / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database