Walter R. Battenberg

Walter R. Battenberg

Birth
Death 24 Mar 1945 (aged 19)
Germany
Burial Saint Augustine, St. Johns County, Florida, USA
Memorial ID 17263359 · View Source
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USAAF WORLD WAR II
Gunner S/Sgt. Walter R. Battenberg KIA
Hometown: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Squadron: 67th Sq. 44th Bomb Group
Service# 36832427
Awards: Air Medal with Oak Leaf Clusters
Pilot 1st/Lt. Leonard J. Crandell KIA

MACR #13601
Target: Low-level supply on Rhine River, Wesel, Germany
Mission Date: 24-Mar-45
Serial Number: #42-100314
Aircraft Model B-24
Aircraft Letter: G+
Aircraft Name:
Location: Wesel Germany
Cause:
Crew of 9 KIA

This day’s effort was one of the most important since the invasion of France. It was imperative that the ground forces gain a crossing of the Rhine and our support to them came in the form of supplies that were dropped in an area west-northwest of Wesel, on the east bank of the Rhine. To
assure accuracy, this drop was made at rooftop height – and without machine guns for protection. The decision was made not to shoot at opposition on the ground as we might hit our own troops. The crews were unable to protect themselves from heavy ground fire. Two aircraft and crews did not return – one each from the 67th and 506th. One other 506th crewman died, as well, in a related accident.

The MACR states that this aircraft was in #11 position in the second squadron, high on the low lead squadron. At 1314 hours, after supplies had been dropped, this aircraft took a sudden, climbing attitude, nose high, and at the same time, number one engine was smoking. This aircraft then stalled out and nosed directly into the ground, exploded immediately. The 44th BG’s film of this mission includes the view of this aircraft going down and crashing.

Lt. Crandell Crew
1st/Lt. Leonard J. Crandell Pilot KIA
2nd/Lt. William B Croll Co Pilot KIA
2nd/Lt. William M. Hummer Navigator KIA
T/Sgt. Robert B. Ogilvie Jr. Engineer KIA
T/Sgt. Larry L Feeney Radio Op. KIA
Sgt. James E. Roach Gunner KIA
S/Sgt. Walter R. Battenberg Gunner KIA
S/Sgt. Irvin E. Germolus Gunner KIA
S/Sgt. James M. Brown Jr. Gunner KIA


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  • Maintained by: John Dowdy
  • Originally Created by: Joz
  • Added: 2 Jan 2007
  • Find a Grave Memorial 17263359
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Walter R. Battenberg (13 Aug 1925–24 Mar 1945), Find a Grave Memorial no. 17263359, citing Saint Augustine National Cemetery, Saint Augustine, St. Johns County, Florida, USA ; Maintained by John Dowdy (contributor 47791572) .