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Walter W Kolar


Evaded (EVD) Shot down by flak and crashed at Paris on 7/25/44 in B-17 Lady Luck #42-102416. He connected with an American Army Tank Crew and fought alongside them until he was wounded, he was taken to an Army Air Station, he was found to be AAF not Army, and was transferred back to an AAF facility.


Units served with


  • 42-102416 Lady Luck

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Cheyenne 1/3/44; Hunter 14/3/44; Grenier 11/4/44; Assigned 349BS/100BG [XR-H] Thorpe Abbotts 19/4/44; Missing in Action St Lo, 25/7/44 with Larry Townsend, Co-pilot: Andy Burkhart, Navigator: Arnold Holmes, Bombardier: George Gardner, Radio Operator:...

Associated Place

  • Thorpe Abbotts

    Military site : airfield
    Home of the 'Bloody Hundredth’, a Bomb Group with a reputation for high casualty rates, Thorpe Abbotts was under USAAF control from June 1943 to the end of the war. Some of the airfield survives today, and the control tower houses the 100th Bomb Group...


Event Location Date
Born Kinta, Oklahoma, USA
Prisoner of War (POW) France 25 July 1944


Date Contributor Update
23 January 2020 04:40:39 jmoore43 Changes to biography

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

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:27:03 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 7837 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database