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Walter McRae Bagot


Shot down 26 November 1944 in B-17 #43-37846 'Phony Express', Prisoner of War (POW).



Units served with

  • 398th Bomb Group

    398th Bomb Group

    The 398th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Nuthampstead, Hertfordshire on strategic bombing raids over Germany. The Group switched focus in the days before D-Day, when they targeted enemy positions on the Cherbourg peninsula. When the Allies...

  • 600th Bomb Squadron
  • 813th Bomb Squadron


  • 43-37846 Phony Express

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 27/5/44; Hunter 7/6/44; Dow Fd 28/6/44; Assigned 600BS/398BG [N8-T] Nuthampstead 18/7/44; (31m) Missing in Action Misburg 26/11/44 with Kermit Pope, Co-pilot: Walt Bagot, Navigator: John Jurcyk, Bombardier: Walter Poole, Flight...


Event Location Date
Born Biloxi, MS, USA 29 July 1919
Enlisted Jackson, MS, USA 22 October 1940

Aviation Cadet

Prisoner of War (POW) Germany 26 November 1944

Held as a POW at Stalag Luft I, Barth, Germany.

Buried Phoenix, AZ, USA March 2001

National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona in Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona, USA
Plot: SEC E2 ROW A SITE 12

Died Phoenix, AZ, USA 20 March 2001

Maricopa County


Date Contributor Update
13 December 2020 21:31:48 jmoore43 Changes to biography

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

Date Contributor Update
22 August 2020 18:24:45 Hotelie1970 Changes to service number and awards

GENERAL ORDER # 565, dated 30 November 1944: From Headquarters 1st Bombardment Division, Office of the Commanding Brigadier General Turner, dated 29 November 1944.

Date Contributor Update
19 July 2017 00:43:30 Brian Hamilton Changes to nickname

noted on personal documents and flight pin engraving

Date Contributor Update
27 May 2017 03:58:41 Brian Hamilton Changes to service number

the service number indicated on Walter's records from 1961 is: FV697020, however there is a serial number on his enlistment record from 1940 which is 14023939

Date Contributor Update
27 May 2017 03:55:28 Brian Hamilton Changes to awards

though it's difficult to decipher all of the abbreviations on the original document, these are awards I am sure are represented as given.

Date Contributor Update
27 May 2017 03:20:17 Brian Hamilton Changes to events

additional facts are from Walter Bagot's personal papers and family records.

Date Contributor Update
27 May 2017 01:47:26 Brian Hamilton Changes to middlename, highest rank, events and unit associations

family documents

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:26:58 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 11144 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database