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William R Walker


A native of Jacksonville, Texas and graduate of its public schools and Lon Morris College, Captain Walker attended Texas A&M College, was employed by the Humble Oil & Refining Company, and entered the Air Corps in March 1941. Captain Walker was in the first fighter plane group to head west after Pearl Harbor and won fame for the defense of Darwin, Australia, with a small American force against over 300 Japanese planes. He was shot down there and wounded, recuperated and saw continued service in the Pacific, came back to the states for a year, and had been in England only briefly as a squadron commander when he was killed.

Captain Walker's honors included the Distinguished Service Cross, Air Medal with numerous clusters and battle stars, Silver Star, and Purple Heart.


Units served with

  • 479th Fighter Group

    479th Fighter Group

    The 479th was the last Fighter Group to join the Eighth Air Force, which they did on 14 May 1944. Known as "Riddle's Raiders", after their first Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Kyle L. Riddle, the Group flew escort and fighter sweep missions before D-Day....

  • 436th Fighter Squadron


  • 42-67261

    P-38 Lightning
    Lost 25 May 44 - Capt. William A Walker KIFA


Event Location Date
Died 25 May 1944


Date Contributor Update
14 January 2022 17:22:02 timothymotz Changes to role, biography, awards and unit associations

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Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:28:41 AAM AAM ingest

Combat Chronology / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia