TSgt Walter A Falta

Birth
Massachusetts, USA
Death 30 Aug 1943 (aged 21–22)
At Sea
Burial Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines
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Memorial ID 56760184 · View Source
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Walter served as a Technical Sergeant & Engineer on B-24D #42-40217, 372nd Bomber Squadron, 307th Bomber Group, Heavy, U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II.

He resided in Suffolk County, Massachusetts prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on June 24, 1942 in Boston, Massachusetts. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed in the building of aircraft and also as Single, without dependents.

B-24D #42-40217 took off from Carney Field on Guadalcanal on a bombing mission against Kahili Airfield on southern Bougainville along with 23 other bombers.

After releasing their bombs B-24D #42-40217 was attacked by possibly a Japanese Zero causing damage to the #1 & #2 engines and they crashed into the sea during the war.

Walter was declared "Missing In Action" in this attack.

He was awarded the Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters and the Purple Heart.

Service # 31136006

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Airmen who perished on B-24D #42-40217:

Bernier, Roland W ~ Corp, Gunner, NH
Bloch, Arthur ~ 2nd Lt, Navigator, NY
Couse, Fred A ~ 1st Lt, Co-Pilot, FL
Falta, Walter A ~ T/Sgt, Engineer, MA
Haas, Edgar M ~ 1st Lt, Bombardier, TX
Knight, Frank J, Jr ~ Corp, Asst. Engineer, KY
Langrock, Harold H ~ Corp, Tail Gunner, NY
McDonald, Harry L ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, MO
Sauer, Keith W ~ T/Sgt, Radio Operator, ID
Tuttle, Roy H ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, CA

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

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  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56760184
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for TSgt Walter A Falta (1921–30 Aug 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56760184, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by War Graves (contributor 6) .