SSgt Walter Martin

Birth
Kentucky, USA
Death 11 Jun 1944 (aged 21–22)
Burial Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines
Plot Tablets Of The Missing
Memorial ID 56761941 · View Source
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Having actually gone "Missing" on the above date, he was not officially declared by the military as being dead until February 21, 1946.

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Walter served as a Staff Sergeant & Radio Operator on SB-24J #42-100273, 868th Bomber Squadron, Heavy, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Clay County, Kentucky prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on November 10, 1942 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Farmer and also as Single, with dependents.

SB-24J #42-100273 took off from Mokerang Airfield on a radar "snooper" bombing mission against Truk. This B-24 was believed to be lost due to either enemy anti-aircraft fire or a night fighter and reportedly crashed on Faleu Island during the war.

Walter was declared "Missing In Action" on this mission.

He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

Service # 35671201

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Airmen who perished on this SB-24J:

Dyer, Donald W ~ 2nd Lt, Pilot, CA
Frank, Charles L, Jr ~ 2nd Lt, Bombardier, CT
Grenz, William E ~ S/Sgt, Engineer, MN
Jones, George M ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, AR
Malinowski, Bernard A ~ S/Sgt, Asst. Engineer, WI
Malley, John E ~ 2nd Lt, Navigator, PA
Martin, Walter ~ S/Sgt, Radio Operator, KY
Mikesell, William W ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, OH
Ott, Melvin W ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, NY
Stoller, Seymour J ~ S/Sgt, Radar Operator, NY

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

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  • Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56761941
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for SSgt Walter Martin (1922–11 Jun 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56761941, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by CWGC/ABMC (contributor 6) .