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 Walker Melville “Bud” Mahurin

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Walker Melville “Bud” Mahurin

  • Birth 5 Dec 1918 Benton Harbor, Berrien County, Michigan, USA
  • Death 11 May 2010 Newport Beach, Orange County, California, USA
  • Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
  • Plot section 60
  • Memorial ID 52485586

United States Air Force Colonel. He was the only US pilot to shoot down enemy aircraft in both the European and Pacific Theater operations in World War II and in the Korean War. In September 1941 he enlisted in the US Army Air Corps as an aviation cadet, and was later assigned to the 8th Air Forces' 56th Fighter Group based in England as a pilot of a P-47 Thunderbolt. With this group he became the first American pilot double ace in the European Theater, having shot down 10 enemy planes, and was awarded the Silver Star. In late 1944 he became commander of the 3rd Fighter Squadron, 3rd Air Commando Group, in the Philippine Islands. Flying a P-51 Mustang, he scored aerial victories in the Pacific and ended the war with a total of 20.75 victories. At the start of the Korean War in 1950, he was serving in the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force when assigned to the 51st Fighter Interceptor Wing. Flying an F-86 Sabre Jet, he went on to score 3.5 more aerial victories. Shot down by enemy ground fire in May 1952, he spent the last 16 months of war as a prisoner before being released. He retired from the Air Force a Colonel in 1956, worked as aeronautical engineer in the aviation industry and published the book "Honest John: The Autobiography of Walker M. Mahurin" in 1962.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Originally Created by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
  • Added: 17 May 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 52485586
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Walker Melville “Bud” Mahurin (5 Dec 1918–11 May 2010), Find A Grave Memorial no. 52485586, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .