Thursday, April 6, 2017

WW2 Fallen - Walter Ross, B-24 officer in Italy

Lt. Walter E. Ross, US Army Air Corp. 

Walter E. Ross could have been 100 years old today. 

He was born on April 6, 1917 in Minnesota as Water E. Baldwin. His mother was born in Iowa and his father was born in Indiana. His father was a laborer. By the time of the 1930 census his parents had divorced and his mom remarried. Water changed his last name to Ross to match his stepfather's. His stepfather was a garage mechanic. Walter had a younger half-brother and half-sister. By 1940 he had moved out of his parent's home. He had completed high school and was working in the cement industry.

He enlisted in the Army Signal Corps on October 1, 1940. He later transferred to the Army Air Corps. He was in the army when he married his wife Audrey. It is not clear if they had any children. Perhaps they had one son. After Walter died she remarried and died in 2005.

He served in the 727th Bombardment Squadron, 451st Bombardment Group, 15th Air Force. He flew B-24's on missions based out of Italy.

A B-24 with the 727th Bombardment Group where Lt. Ross served. 

On February 14, 1945 Lt. Ross's squadron was assigned a mission on Moosbierbaum, Austria, flying out of Castelltuccio Airfield. That was the day Lt. Ross died. I was not able to find out if he was a pilot or served in another position, nor find details about his plane or final mission.

His remains were returned to be buried at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery in Minnesota.

Thank you Walter for your sacrifice. Let's Earn It for Walter.

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