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Walter L Bliven Jr


Killed in Action (KIA) on 4-Mar-43 in B-17F 41-24512 'Rose O' Day', 91BG/322BS while serving as Waist Gunner. The aircraft was repeadely attacked by German fighters and was seen to have the #2 engine on fire. The surviving crew were arderd to bale out over the southern tip of Texel Island, Holland by many, including SSGT Bliven came down in the sea and were lost. The aircraft crashed into North Sea just west of the southern tip of Texel Island, Holland. on 4 March 1943. Sergeant Bliven's body was washed ashore near Oudeschild on 4 March 43 but no burial information was found. It is possible that the Dutch or Germans buried his remains at Oudeschild, Holland.


Units served with

  • 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...

  • 322nd Bomb Squadron


  • 41-24512 Rose O'Day

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 322BS/91BG [LG-N] Bangor 1-Sep-42; Bassingbourn 29-Sep-42; Missing in Action (MIA) 7+m Hamm 4-Mar-43. Aircraft sustained repeated attacks by fighters and crashed into the North Sea just of the southern tip of Texel Island, Holland. The crew...


  • VIII Bomber Command 39

    4 March 1943
    After several weather-caused aborted attempts in attacking the marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany, the 8th Air Force is finally successful in attacking this target. A total of 71 B-17s are despatched: 91BG (20); 303BG (18); 305BG (12) amd 306BG (21)....

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...


Event Location Date
Born Newport County, Rhode Island
Killed in Action (KIA) Texel, Netherlands 4 March 1943

Killed when the aircraft was attacekd by German fighters and crashed into the North Sea just west of the tip of Texel Island, Holland.


Date Contributor Update
24 June 2015 20:33:52 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, events, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 23-Jun-2015. Made connections to Place, Aircraft and Mission within existing website data; Added KIA event per MACR 3721; Edited Summay Biography with loss detail and converted dates to military-style signification per "Losses of the 8th & 9th AIr Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:26:57 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Roll of Honor, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop and Hey, pp. 87-88, MACR 3721 The Ragged Irregulars of Bassingbourne by Havelaar p.236