Lt Col Wally Mace HQ 354th FG
Executives of the 354th Fighter Group, Major George R Bickell, Lieutenant Colonel Wallace P Mace and Major Owen M Seaman, with a P-51 Mustang. Image stamped on reverse: 'Associated Press.' [stamp], 'Passed for publication 13 Jan 1944.' [stamp] and '296917.' [Censor no.] Printed caption on reverse: 'THE P-51B- WORLD'S FASTEST FIGHTER PLANE. Associated Press photo shows: Three executives of the new P-51B Fighter Group who were at Pearl Harbour the day the Japs attacked. Left to Right, Major George R Bickell, aged 27, of Butty, NJ, Lt col Wallace P Mace, aged 28 of 850 Coatsville Ave, Salt lake City, Utah and Major Owen M Seaman, San Mateo, Calif.'
Lieutenant-Colonel Kenneth R. Martin and Lieutenant-Colonel Wallace of the 354th Fighter Group with a P-51B Mustang, 15 December 1943. Passed for publication 16 Dec 1943 and 13 Jan 1944. Printed caption on reverse: 'The P-51B - World's Fastest Fighter Plane. Associated Press Photos Show:- They head the new fighter group in England - Lt. Col. Kenneth R. Martin (left), Commanding Officer of 7500 East 37th St., Kansas City, Mo. who has led his fighters on the four escort sweeps with heavy bombers before the presence of the ship was announced and Lt. Col. Wallace P. Mace, aged 28, Executive Officer of the group, of 850 Coatsville Ave., Salt Lake City, Utah. Mace was with a U.S. Fighter Squadron the day the Japs attacked, went from there to Midway to fight during the next year and returned to the U.S. to help form the new group. IRV 263262, IRV 263263. 15-12-43-Y.' On reverse: Associated Press and US Army General Section Press & Censorship Bureau [Stamps].
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.
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
Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter Pilot/Operations Officer/FAC | 354th Fighter Group
Shot down 2 Zeros in the Philippines with the 20th PS.
Military | Major | Pilot | 354th Fighter Group
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Units served with
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Military site : airfield
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Military site : airfield
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