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Walter Crockett Swarner Jr

Military

Assigned to 515BS, 376BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Messina, Sicily, 30-Apr-43; Flak took out No.3 engine and port flaps, fell away from formation being harried by several Me-109's, ditched in sea. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 3305

Awards: AM (OLC), PH.

Service

People

  • Theodore Deffner

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 376th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 515BS, 376BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Messina, Sicily, 30-Apr-43; Flak took out No.3 engine and port flaps, fell away from formation being harried by several Me-109's, ditched in sea. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 3305 ...

  • John Gaffney

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 376th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 515BS, 376BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Messina, Sicily, 30-Apr-43; Flak took out No.3 engine and port flaps, fell away from formation being harried by several Me-109's, ditched in sea. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 3305 ...

  • Alexander Holliday

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 376th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 515BS, 376BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Messina, Sicily, 30-Apr-43; Flak took out No.3 engine and port flaps, fell away from formation being harried by several Me-109's, ditched in sea. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 3305 Awards: PH.

  • Andrew Huska

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight engineer | 376th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 515BS, 376BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Messina, Sicily, 30-Apr-43; Flak took out No.3 engine and port flaps, fell away from formation being harried by several Me-109's, ditched in sea. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 3305 ...

  • Robert Longstreth

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 376th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 515BS, 376BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Messina, Sicily, 30-Apr-43; Flak took out No.3 engine and port flaps, fell away from formation being harried by several Me-109's, ditched in sea. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 3305 ...

  • Dwight Morgan

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-pilot | 376th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 515BS, 376BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Messina, Sicily, 30-Apr-43; Flak took out No.3 engine and port flaps, fell away from formation being harried by several Me-109's, ditched in sea. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 3305 Awards: PH.

  • John Paul

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Armourer | 376th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 515BS, 376BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Messina, Sicily, 30-Apr-43; Flak took out No.3 engine and port flaps, fell away from formation being harried by several Me-109's, ditched in sea. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 3305 ...

  • Albert Romero

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 376th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 515BS, 376BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Messina, Sicily, 30-Apr-43; Flak took out No.3 engine and port flaps, fell away from formation being harried by several Me-109's, ditched in sea. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 3305 ...

Units served with

  • 376th Bomb Group

    376th Bomb Group

    Group
    Constituted as 376th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 19 Oct 1942 and activated in Palestine on 31 Oct. Began combat immediately, using B-24 aircraft. Operated with Ninth AF from bases in the Middle East, Nov 1942-Sep 1943, and with Twelfth AF from Tunisia...

  • 515th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24200 'Wittle Wed Wabbit'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 515BS, 376BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Messina, Sicily, 30-Apr-43; Flak took out No.3 engine and port flaps, fell away from formation being harried by several Me-109's, ditched in sea. 2 x POW, 7 x KIA MACR 3305

Associated Place

Events

Event Location Date
Born Tipton, MO 26 September 1919

Son of Walter Crockett Sr and Dorothy Culbertson [Maclay] Swarner.

Enlisted Houston, TX 31 May 1941

Houston, Texas

Lived in Texas 1942

Entered service from Texas

Based Berca 1943 – 30 April 1943

Assigned to 515BS, 376BG, 9AF USAAF.

Died Vicinity of Messina, Sicily 30 April 1943

Failed to Return (FTR) Messina, Sicily, 30-Apr-43; Flak took out No.3 engine and port flaps, fell away from formation being harried by several Me-109's, ditched in sea. KIA MACR 3305

Buried North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial 1946

Tablets of the Missing
North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial
Carthage, Tunis

Buried Odd Fellows Cemetery, Tipton, Moniteau County, MO 1948

Memorialised
Odd Fellows Cemetery
Tipton, Moniteau County, Missouri

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 March 2020 18:01:59 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, suffix, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

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https://www.fold3.com/record/84759915-walter-c-swarner-jr
https://www.fold3.com/record/529883521-walter-c-swarner-jr
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56250702/walter-c-swarner
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/53531646/walter-crockett-swarner

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