1944 — Italy
Walter was residing in Cook County Illinois and enlisted at Chicago, Ill. on 23 March, 1942 as a Private directly into the Army Air Corp. He was born in Illinois in 1920 and had completed 4 years of high school, still single at enlistment. Walter is an American citizen and was working as a skilled meat cutter in retail market.
Walter would become a Pilot with the 321st Bomb Group, 446th Bomb Squad and flew his Combat Missions from March to December of 1944 out of Corsica in the Mediterranean Theatre. Walter flew two training Missions, a ferry and FOUR Combat Missions with Lt John "Jack" Fitzgerald in May of 1944.
On 17 August, 1944, Walter received his 2nd Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal.
******* There will be photo's and stories from Walter's proud son James.********
1st Combat Mission; Monday, 17 April 1944
446th BS Mission Summary: (Ops Order 302/mission 301) Group Mission # 264: Squadron Mission 221 TARGET: RR Bridge S of Attigliano, Italy. DATE: 17 Apr 1944
Type of Bombs: 1000 lb. 446th Planes: 7
Capt. Crowell, 448th Sqdn. led the formation. In spite of very turbulent air and the flight leader being shot down just before reaching the target, bombs observed hitting both NW and SE approaches with several direct hits reported on bridge itself. Flak was heavy, moderate to intense and accurate. Nine planes holed. No fighters.
A/C No. 42-64547 “Princess Paola”
Vivas, Frank Paul, 1Lt
Wojcik, Walter (NMI), 2Lt
Wilcox, Harry Bradway, Jr., 2Lt
Jacob, Elmer A., Jr., PFC
Roulier, Edward T., S/Sgt
Brown, Ronald M., Sgt
321st BG Historical Research Team; John T Fitzgerald, Patti Johnson and Barbi Ennis Connolly PRINCESSBARBI_B25@msn.com 321st BG Historian in the 57th Bomb Wing.