SSGT Walter Knudsen

SSGT Walter Knudsen

Nebraska, USA
Death 9 Oct 1944 (aged 21)
Morobe, Papua New Guinea
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Section 60 Site 8334
Memorial ID 18024381 · View Source
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Walter's remains were discovered in 2002 and recovered in 2003. His remains were identified in 2006. He is now interred here at Arlington in a group burial.

He also has a "Cenotaph" in the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Philippines.

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He also has another "Cenotaph" with his parents in the Memorial Park Cemetery, Sioux City, Iowa.
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Walter served as a Staff Sergeant & Gunner on B-24D "Mr. Five By Five" #42-40505, 360th Service Group, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Worth County, Iowa prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on July 23, 1941, prior to the war, at Fort Des Moines, Iowa. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Actor and also as Single, without dependents.

B-24D #42-40505 took off from Nadzab Airfield (No. 1) on a local training flight bound for Port Moresby. They encountered a thunderstorm and went missing in the Nadzab area during the war.

Walter was declared "Missing In Action" on this mission during the war.

After his remains were recovered his status was changed to "Killed In Action".

Service # 17029283

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Airmen who perished on B-24D #42-40505:

De Carlo, John A ~ Corp, Asst. Radio, NJ
Green, John F ~ 2nd Lt, Navigator, NY
Johnson, Hugh L, Jr ~ 2nd Lt, Pilot, AL
Knudsen, Walter ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, IA
Meisner, John M ~ 2nd Lt, Bombardier, MA
Mohr, William G ~ Corp, Gunner, PA
Pushkar, Michael J ~ Corp, Engineer, PA
Raney, Robert E ~ Corp, Radio Operator, IN
Stenen, Byron L ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, CA

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Bio & Crew Report by:
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett

Please see for more information on this flight.




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