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Wallace P Mace

Military

Wally, as his family and friends called him, started his military career in the army artillery before World War II. Early on he knew the army air corps was his calling and was one of the first graduates in 1940. Shortly after he was stationed in a tropical island group called Hawaii, he was introduced to the Japanese on December 7th, 1941. Stationed at Wheeler Field, he was lucky enough to survive but not able to get airborne. Many of his friends lost their lives that day. From there, he was sent to an island called Midway, where another battle was fought, again a survivor. Soon he was finally able to return to the states where he married the love of life and then went off to England to wait for D-Day. Though not involved on this historic day his unit, the 354th fighter wing, all experienced P-51 fighter pilots, destroyed more German planes than any other unit by the time the war ended. A man to all, his exploits were well documented. His post war travels included numerous stops around the country and the world. His final stop, was Truax Field, Madison, where he retired as the division commander of this region in 1968.

He passed away in 2005. Wallace is survived by his wife of 62 years.

Service

People

  • George Bickell

    Military | Colonel | Fighter Pilot 1055 single engine/Group Commander | 354th Fighter Group
    CO 354th FG Apr 17, 1944 to Feb 28, 1945 & Apr 13, 1945 to May 31, 1945 CO 355th FS Nov 16, 1942 to Apr 6, 1944 Flight commander 18th PG Hickam Field, TH 1940-42 3.5 air kills

  • Carl Gies

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter Pilot/Operations Officer/FAC | 354th Fighter Group
    Shot down 2 Zeros in the Philippines with the 20th PS. ...

  • Owen Seaman

    Military | Major | Pilot | 354th Fighter Group
    Owen Seaman was serving as the Commanding Officer of the 353rd Fighter Squadron when he went missing over the North Sea. He is commemorated on the Tablets of the Missing at the Netherlands American Cemetery. ...

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Units served with

  • 354th Fighter Group

    354th Fighter Group

    Group
    The Group moved to England in the autumn of 1943 and was assigned to the Ninth Air Force in December 1943. The Group were the first to fly P-51 Mustangs operationally and in their bomber escort missions pushed to find the long-range limits of the...

  • Headquarters (354th Fighter Group)

Aircraft

Associated Place

  • Boxted

    Military site : airfield
    Boxted was built for heavy bombers and became operational from May 1943. In the few months B-26 Marauders of the 386th Bomb Group were stationed there, there were two night attacks by the Luftwaffe. On 17 August 1943, one man was killed when bombs...

  • Tibenham

    Military site : airfield
    Tibenham was built in 1941-1942 by W and C French Ltd with a standard 2,000 yard main runway, and two other runways both 1,400 feet in length. Accommodation was provided for a full USAAF heavy bomber group in dispersed sites. Personnel of the 320th...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Salt Lake County, UT, USA 19 March 1915
Deputy Commanding Officer - 354th FG Boxted, Colchester, UK 26 November 1942 – 6 April 1944
Died Waunakee, WI 53597, USA 21 February 2005
Buried Cottonwood Heights, UT, USA 26 February 2005

Mountain View Memorial Estates Cemetery
Cottonwood Heights
Salt Lake County
Utah, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 February 2021 20:18:54 jmoore43 Changes to biography
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Deleted some blank lines at the bottom.

Date Contributor Update
08 February 2021 20:15:49 jmoore43 Changes to biography
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Added punctuation to the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
28 October 2020 01:06:38 decwriter Changes to service number
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NARA file verified officer number and one Air Medal awarded under General Orders #85, Hqrs. Ninth Air Force, March 31, 1944. Any additional Air Medals would have been awarded in later service, but are not listed in the file.

Date Contributor Update
25 March 2017 06:19:27 fugari Changes to nickname, awards and media associations
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Date Contributor Update
09 September 2016 23:23:56 466thHistorian Changes to place associations
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http://us-census.mooseroots.com/?launch_filters=%5B%7B%22field%22%3A%22s...

Date Contributor Update
09 September 2016 23:22:59 466thHistorian Changes to highest rank, role, biography, events and unit associations
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http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Mace&GSfn=Wallace&...
http://us-census.mooseroots.com/?launch_filters=%5B%7B%22field%22%3A%22s...

Date Contributor Update
08 July 2016 10:45:54 Ben1705 Changes to biography and place associations
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http://www.deseretnews.com/article/1314445/Obituary-Colonel-Wallace-P-Ma...
https://www.newspapers.com/search/#query=Wallace+P+Mace&dr_year=1928-199...
https://www.americanairmuseum.com/media/7988

Date Contributor Update
08 July 2016 10:22:44 Ben1705 Changes to biography
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http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/deseretnews/obituary.aspx?n=wallace-p-m...

Date Contributor Update
08 July 2016 10:20:36 Ben1705 Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, highest rank, role, biography, person associations, unit associations, aircraft associations and media associations
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1) https://www.newspapers.com/search/#query=Wallace+P+Mace&dr_year=1928-199...
2) https://www.americanairmuseum.com/media/7988
3) https://www.google.co.uk/?gfe_rd=cr&ei=O2t_V6-xDMXU8geG5ZXQDw&gws_rd=ssl...
4) http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/deseretnews/obituary.aspx?n=wallace-p-m...

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