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Walter Theodore Achramowicz


Assigned to 555FTS, 496FTG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 38FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 350FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Ended Tour of Duty (ETD).

Awards: DFC, AM (8OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (4 x Battle Stars).

Post war: Walter Achramowicz also went on to serve in the Korean War. He retired from the US Air Force in 1964 with the rank of Major.


Units served with

  • 353rd Fighter Group

    353rd Fighter Group

    The 353rd Fighter Group was assigned to the Eighth Air Force on 7 June 1943. The group flew P-47 Thunderbolts, and from October 1944, P-51 Mustangs, as escorts for bombing missions across occupied Europe and to strafe targets on the ground. Tactical...

  • 496th Fighter Training Group

    496th Fighter Training Group

    Activated as 496th Fighter Training Group on 11 December 1943 at Greencastle by VIII Composite Command. ...

  • 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...

  • 350th Fighter Squadron
  • 38th Fighter Squadron
  • 555th Fighter Training Squadron

Associated Place

  • Goxhill

    Military site : airfield
    Goxhill opened in June 1941 as an RAF Bomber Command airfield, before being handed over to RAF Fighter Command in December. The Eighth Air Force took ownership in August 1942, and used the airfield, which they quickly dubbed 'Goat Hill' for operational...

  • Raydon

    Military site : airfield
    Although never used as such, Raydon was built during 1942-43 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, with three concrete runways, 50 loop and one pan hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. Initially on loan to the Ninth Air Force, it was first...

  • Wormingford

    Military site : airfield
    Wormingford was a Royal Flying Corps/RAF anti-Zeppelin aircraft Landing Ground First World War, rebuilt for the Eighth Air Force 1942-43. It was a Ninth Air Force base from 1943-44, and home to the 362nd Fighter Group. Switching back to the Eighth Air...


Event Location Date
Born Ipswich, MA 2 May 1922

Son of Stephen Michael Achramowicz.

Lived in Ipswich, MA, USA 1940
Enlisted Presque Isle AAF, ME 18 November 1942

Presque Isle AAF, Maine

Crashed Pinellas County, FL, USA 18 May 1944

Forced Landing Engine Failure Mech Failure Pinellas AAF Florida Cat 5 damage. 18-May-44.

P-51C 42-103722 - RTU.

Assigned Goxhill, Barrow-upon-Humber, North Lincolnshire DN19, UK 16 July 1944 – 2 August 1944

Assigned to 555FTS, 496FTG, 8AF USAAF.

Transferred Wormingford, Colchester, Essex CO6, UK 2 August 1944

Transferred to 38FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF.

Promotion Wormingford, Colchester, Essex CO6, UK 6 October 1944

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

Transferred Raydon, Ipswich, Suffolk IP7, UK July 1945 – 20 July 1945

Transferred to 350FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF.

End Tour of Duty (ETD) England, UK 20 July 1945

Ended Tour of Duty (ETD).

Crashed Japan 16 September 1947

Landing Accident Johnson AB, Japan Cat 4 damage. 16-Sep-47.

P-51D 44-72867 - 41FS 35FG

Crashed Eglin AFB, FL 32542, USA 20 May 1952

Landing Accident Eglin AFB, Florida Cat 2 damage. 20-May-52.

F-86E 51-2842 - 97 FISq 4607 DefWg

Crashed Wright-Patterson AFB, Dayton, OH 45433, USA 2 May 1953

Take Off Accidents Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio Cat 2 damage. 2-May-53.

F-86E 51-2806 - 97FIS.

Retired 31 May 1964

Retired from USAF.

Died 8 April 1977
Buried Rose Hill Burial Park Oklahoma City Oklahoma County OK 11 April 1977

Rose Hill Burial Park
Oklahoma City
Oklahoma County
Oklahoma, USA


Date Contributor Update
15 November 2021 11:36:07 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, awards, events and unit associations

Date Contributor Update
23 August 2016 11:04:53 Lucy May Changes to biography

Other sources of WWII service:
Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / roster

Date Contributor Update
21 June 2016 20:58:44 Al_Skiff Changes to events

Date Contributor Update
21 June 2016 20:56:35 Al_Skiff Changes to highest rank, role, biography, awards, events and place associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:27:02 AAM AAM ingest

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list