1LT Walter A Scalese

1LT Walter A Scalese

Birth
Windber, Somerset County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 8 Nov 1944 (aged 23)
Negros Occidental Province, Western Visayas, Philippines
Burial Winchester, Winchester City, Virginia, USA
Plot SECTION 88 SITE 4105C
Memorial ID 3007932 · View Source
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1LT, US ARMY AIR FORCES WORLD WAR II
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First Lieutenant Scalese was the pilot
of B-24L Liberator #44-41421, serving with
the 371st Bomb Squadron, 307th Bomb Group,
13th Air Force in World War II.

The B-24s departed Noemfoor, Indonesia for a
strike mission to Japanese-held airfields on
Negros Island, Philippines.

The bombers were intercepted by the Japanese
and came under intense cannon fire by the
enemy fighter planes.

A photograph of Walter's B-24 was taken at
the exact moment the right wing folded up and
the tail section disintegrated under the the
barrage of gunfire. Moments later the aircraft
plunged into a mountainside at the northern
tip of Negros and exploded. All aboard were
killed.
Three days later that photograph appeared in
many US newspapers.

Following the war, the wreck site was found
and the crew's remains recovered. All ten were
interred in a common grave in Virginia on
September 27, 1949.

They were:

1st Lt. Walter A. Scalese, Pilot, Windber, PA
2nd Lt. Stephen Fuda, Co-Pilot, Stamford, CT
Flt. Off. Joseph E. Novakovits, Navigator,
Bethlehem, PA
1st Lt. Paul H. Phillips, Bombardier,
Logan, WV
TSgt. Chester E. Matz, Radio Operator,
Wilkes-Barre, PA
TSgt. Charles H. Neville, Engineer,
Evansville, IN
SSgt. George J. Kacoyannakis, Asst. Engineer,
Tyrone, NY
SSgt. John T. Stough, Asst. Radio Operator,
Jeanette, PA
SSgt. Robert L. Dyson, Gunner, Dennison, OH
SSgt. Michael P. Falcone, Gunner, Bangor, PA

Son of Augusta Scalese.


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  • Imported from: US Veteran's Affairs
  • Added: 3 Mar 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 3007932
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 1LT Walter A Scalese (13 Jun 1921–8 Nov 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 3007932, citing Winchester National Cemetery, Winchester, Winchester City, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by US Veterans Affairs Office (contributor 5) .