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Sgt Curtis Lee Walker

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Sgt Curtis Lee Walker

  • Birth 1 Mar 1922 Maryville, Nodaway County, Missouri, USA
  • Death 7 Apr 1945 Germany
  • Burial Ravenwood, Nodaway County, Missouri, USA
  • Memorial ID 65481468

Crew list of the B-17, #44-8744, of the 385 BG, 550 BS, that was rammed during flight by a German plane.

Lt. George E. Burich, Pilot.
Lt. Willard B. Huggins, Co-Pilot
Lt. Elwood L. Randall, Navigator
Sgt. Robert H. Bayne, Bombardier.
Sgt. Wendel E. Rish, Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Curtis Lee Walker, Radio Operator.
Sgt. Jesse W. Clark, Ball Turret Gunner.
Sgt. Charles J. Stewart, Tail Gunner.
Sgt. Demos Petropoulos, Gunner.
Sgt. Paul R. Miller, Gunner.


Walker Missing in Action

Sgt. Curtis L. Walker, 23 years old, son of Mrs. Bonnie Walker of Barnard, has been missing in action over Germany since April 7, according to word received yesterday from the War Department by his wife, Mrs. Maurine Walker, Emmetsburg, Ia. Sgt. Walker was a radio operator and waist gunner on a B-17 and was stationed in England with the 385th bombardment group of the Eight Air Force. He has been overseas since February 24 of this year. (Maryville Daily Forum, Maryville, MO, Friday Evening, April 27, 1945, p. 1, Col. 2)


Body of Sgt. Walker Will Arrive Tuesday On a U.S. Transport

According to information from the Campbell funeral home, the remains of Sgt. Curtis Lee Walker, son of Mrs. Bonnie Walker of Barnard, will arrive on a U.S. transport from overseas Tuesday morning. Sgt. Walker was killed in action April 7, 1945, in Germany on his eighth mission. He was a radio operator and waist gunner on a B-17 and was stationed in England with the 385th bombardment group of the Eighth Air Force. He had been overseas since February 25, 1945. He was born March 1, 1922, at Maryville, the son of the late George W. Walker and Bonnie Walker. He was married October 2, 1944 to Maurine Whorley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G. E. Whorley of Emmetsburg, Ia. Other survivors include six aunts, Mrs. Cornie Wyzal, Colom, S.D.; Mrs. Ed West, Albany, Ore.; Mrs. Marie Ringold, Hopkins, and Mrs. John Milligan, Mrs. D. R. Crater and Mrs. Amanda Hawkins, all of ravenwood; and an uncle, Olen Larmer, Hisle, S.D. Funeral arrangements have not been completed. (The Maryville Daily Forum, Maryville, MO, Thursday Evening June 16, 1949, p. 2, Col. 1-2)


Walker Funeral Service Held Sunday at Barnard

Final rites for Sgt. Curtis Lee Walker were conducted at 1 o'clock Sunday afternoon at the home of his mother, Mrs. Bonnie Walker of Barnard, by the Rev. V. R. Skinner. Sgt. Walker lost his life in a mission over Hanover, Belgium, April 7, 1944, at which time he was 23 years old. Mrs. David McConkey sang "In the Garden". Pallbearers were William Maffitt, Courtney Hilsabeck, James Callow, Wesley Shorman, Leslie Baker and Boyd Larmer. Flowers were in charge of Mrs. Morris Larmer, Mrs. Boyd Larmer, Mrs. Frank Bouska, Mrs. Maffitt, Miss. Della Mae Adwell and Mrs. Roe Miller. The American Legion post of Barnard and Ravenwood, in charge of the military rites at the grave in Oak Lawn cemetery, Ravenwood, were under the command of Don Duke, Dean Duff was chaplain. The firing squad was under the direction of Raymond Messner, captain. It was composed of Darl Wilson, Wade Huff, William Dixon, Marvin Woodburn, Everett McCrery, Vilas Oglesby, Wayne Coffelt and Norvil Henry. Harley Antrim, L. J. Henry, Cleo Hubbell and Richard Garrett were the color bearers and guards. Taps with the echo were sounded by Charles Davis and Jean Joyner. (Maryville Daily Forum, Maryville, MO, Tuesday, Evening, June 28, 1949, p. 4, Col. 6-8)


Inscription

CURTIS LEE WALKER
385TH BOMB GROUP
U.S. ARMY AIR CORPS
MAR. 1, 1922 - APRIL 7, 1945
KILLED IN GERMANY


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  • Created by: mokennehan
  • Added: 10 Feb 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 65481468
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Sgt Curtis Lee Walker (1 Mar 1922–7 Apr 1945), Find A Grave Memorial no. 65481468, citing Oak Lawn Cemetery, Ravenwood, Nodaway County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by mokennehan (contributor 47119719) .