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William J Walbrecker

Military

Assigned to 356FS, 354FG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Periers, France. Strafing horse drawn convoy, hit telegraph and attempted to belly land. Killed in Action (KIA), 26-Jun-44. MACR 6482.

Awards: PH.

Service

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...

  • 356th Fighter Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-106935

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 370FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 356FS, 354FG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Periers, France. Strafing horse drawn convoy, hit telegraph and attempted to belly land. Pilot Lt William J Walbrecker Killed in Action (KIA), 26-Jun-44...

Associated Place

  • East Wretham

    Military site : airfield
    East Wretham was not improved to Class A standard. It retained its shorter runways, although eventually pierced-steel planking was laid to make take offs and landings easier for the Thunderbolt, and then Mustang, pilots. Steel matting was also laid to...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Essex County, NJ, USA 19 January 1921
Enlisted Newark, NJ, USA 9 January 1942
Based East Wretham 1943 – 26 June 1944

Assigned to 356FS, 354FG, 9AF USAAF.

Died 50190 Périers, France 26 June 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) Periers, France. Strafing horse drawn convoy, hit telegraph and attempted to belly land. Killed in Action (KIA), 26-Jun-44. MACR 6482.

Buried City of Orange, NJ, USA 1949

Re-Interred
Holy Sepulchre cemetery
Orange
NJ, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 July 2017 12:43:39 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
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