07 Sep 1943 1
Out to Sea /Africa 1

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James P Walker 2
Age in 1930: 13 2
Estimated Birth Year: 1917 2
07 Sep 1943 1
Out to Sea /Africa 1
Cause: Shot-Down B-25 1
Place: WASHINGTON County, Arkansas 2
From: 1930 2
Enumeration District: MARRS HILL TWP 2

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James Walker, KIA 7 Sept.'43 310thBG,428thBS/ DFC


Maj Walker's Ship and Crew "The CHIEF"

310thBG,428thBS, Maj James Walker;

World War II and Korean Conflict Veterans Interred Overseas
Name:  James P Walker
Inducted From: Arkansas
Rank: Major
Combat Organization: 428th Bomber Squadron 310th Bomber
Death Date: 7 Sep 1943
Monument: North Africa
Last Known Status: Missing
U.S. Awards: Purple Heart Medal; Air Medal; Distinguished Flying Cross; Additional Army Awards
World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938 - 1946
James P. Walker Washington County, ARKANSAS
U.S. Rosters of World War II Dead, 1939-1945
Name: James P Walker
Gender: Male
Race: White
Religion: Catholic
Disposition: Nonrecoverable
Service Branch: Army
Rank: Major
Service Number: 23903
U.S. WWII Military Personnel Missing In Action or Lost At Sea, 1941-1946
Name: James P Walker
Date of Loss: 7 Sep 1943 0
Branch: U.S. Army Air Force
Rank: MAJ
Service Number: O23903
Status: Missing in Action
National WWII Memorial, Washington, D.C.
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Honoree Hometown Service Source
James P. Walker Washington County, AR U.S. Army  National Archives   
MAJ James P. Walker   ID: 0-023903
Branch of Service: U.S. Army
Hometown: Washington County, AR
Status: KIA
National WWII Memorial, Washington, D.C.
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Honoree Hometown Service Source
James P. Walker AR U.S. Army Air Forces ABMC Tablets of the Missing  
James P. Walker    ID: O-023903
Entered the Service From: Arkansas
Rank: Major
Service: U.S. Army Air Forces, 428th Bomber Squadron, 310th Bomber Group, Medium
Died: Tuesday, September 07, 1943
Memorialized at: North Africa American Cemetery
Location: Carthage, Tunisia
Awards: Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 8 Oak Leaf Clusters  
1920 Census/Prairie, Washington, Arkansas; Roll  T625_84; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 145
Household Members: Name Age
Edward F Walker/Head of Household/44
Earl Walker/Wife/37
Billie E Walker/Son/7
James P Walker/Son/3yrs-3mos
1930 Census/Marrs Hill, Washington, Arkansas; Roll  97; Page: 2B; Enumeration District: 19
Household Members: Name Age
Edd F Walker/Head of Household/55
Earle M Walker/Wife/47
William E Walker/Son/17
James P Walker/Son/13
Charles R Walker/Son/3yrs-8mos  321stBG Historian, 57th Bomb Wing Researcher

Major James P Walker "The CHIEF" KIA '43 - 310th BG, 428th BS

Chief's Find a Grave;

Birth:  1916
Arkansas, USA Death:  Sep. 7, 1943, At Sea
Command Pilot Major James P. Walker MIA/KIA
Hometown: Fayetteville, Arkansas
Squadron: 428th 310th Bomber Group, Medium
Service #O-023903
Awards:Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 8 Oak Leaf Clusters

Mission Date: 7-Sep-43
Serial Number: # 42-64554
Aircraft Model B-25C
Aircraft Letter:
Aircraft Name:
Location: Mediterranean Sea
Cause:AA Crew of 6 MIA/KIA

Biography gleaned from
Graduate United States Military Academy Class of 1941

James P. Walker was born in Fayetteville, Arkansas, in 1916. Jim attended primary and high school there and in nearby Prairie Grove. After graduation from high school he attended the University of Arkansas for three years. With the aid of his college background and his naturally quick mind, he had little difficulty with the West Point entrance examinations, which he took in March, 1937.
Graduating in 1941 Jim was assigned to Tulsa, Oklahoma for preliminary flight training.

1st Lt. James P. Walker was in the original cadre of officers chosen to organize the 310th Bombardment Group (M) at Columbia, South Carolina, in June, 1942. He was immediately made Commanding Officer of the 428th Bombardment Squadron (M). He quickly organized and trained his squadron in the fundamentals of combat operation.
Shortly before the group departed for the European Theater of Operations, Captain Walker was made Group Engineering Officer and handled the difficult task of accepting and shaking down all of the group's new aircraft. After the arrival of the group in the combat area, Captain Walker resumed leadership of the 428th Bombardment Squadron and served in that capacity until his death September 7, 1943.

Major Walker led his squadron on strikes against the enemy from the beginning of the African Campaign until the Italian surrender. Walker failed to return from one of his last missions of his combat tour. Leaving a heavily defended target in Italy on September 7, 1943, his aircraft was struck by anti-aircraft fire; and after a fast peel-off from the target, it began to disintegrate over the Mediterranean Sea. Major Walker pulled his aircraft up out of the formation in order to keep from striking other aircraft. The ship then went out of control and dived into the sea.

For his fine work in organizing his squadron and leading it courageously into battle, Major James P. Walker received the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with eight Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Purple Heart (posthumous).

42-64554 Crew
James P. Walker Command Pilot
Frank A Harder
Henry J. Hotopp
Henry J. Hotopp
William V. Martin Jr.
Joseph A. Manfre
James F. Black
James F. Black  
Note: Entered the service from Arkansas.   Burial:
North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial
Tunis, Tunisia

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