Corp Walter E Stephanik

Corp Walter E Stephanik

Versailles, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 28 Dec 1942 (aged 22)
At Sea
Memorial Site* Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines

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Walter served as a Corporal on B-17E (#41-2428), 42nd Bomber Squadron, 11th Bomber Group, Heavy, U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II.

He resided in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on September 26, 1940, prior to the war, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a mechanic and also as Single, without dependents.

His B-17 took off from Espiritu Santo on a mission over the northern Solomon Islands. They were reported to have crashed in the sea off Choiseul Island.

Walter was declared "Missing In Action" on this mission during the war. He was awarded the "Silver Star", Distinquished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Cluster, and a Purple Heart with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster.

Service # 13011049


Airmen who perished on B-17E (#41-2428):
Note: The Pilot & Co-Pilot were members of the 5th Bomber Group. The crew was assigned to the 42nd BS, 11th BG.

Caviness, Sanford S ~ Corp, Missiouri
Harp, James R ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, Oklahoma
Krantz, Howard L ~ S/Sgt, Radio Operator, Delaware
Lewis, Thornton H ~ 1st Lt, California
Majeski, Henry ~ Pfc, Pennsylvania
Miller, Elwood E ~ T/Sgt, Pennsylvania
Noble, Charles M ~ T/Sgt, Maryland
Stephanik, Walter E ~ Corp, Pennsylvania
Thomas, Omar D ~ 1st Lt, Co-Pilot, West Virginia

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


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