Friday, June 29, 2018

WW2 Fallen - B-24 pilot Walter Ward

Lt. Walter Ward was a B-24 pilot in the 392nd Bombardment Squadron. 
Walter M. Ward never had a chance to reach 100 years old today. Instead, he sacrificed his life for our freedom.

He was born on June 29, 1918 in Nebraska. His parents Milton and Audrey were born in Oklahoma and Nebraska, respectively. His parents divorced when Walter was a child and his father died in 1927. His mother worked as a school teacher. Walter had an older sister. Walter completed four years of high school.

A Walter Ward from Nebraska was the pilot of a plane that crashed in Nebraska the summer of 1939 when his stunt flying went wrong. He survived the crash. I don't know if it was the same person. Walter enlisted in the Army Air Corps on November 27, 1939. By 1940 he was stationed with the 17th Air Base Squadron in Hawaii.

Later in the war he became a 1st lieutenant and pilot in the 392nd Bombardment Squadron, 30th Bombardment Group which was equipped with B-24 Liberators and began operations from Ellice Island in the Pacific in November 1943.

Lt. Ward's plane was hit by flak on December 20, 1943. It crashed into the ocean fifteen miles west of Taroa, Maleolap in the Marshall Islands. All nine men on board were lost.

His cenotaph grave is at Fort McPherson National Cemetery in Maxwell, Nebraska.

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

Last year on this date I profiled Leslie Jackson who served in the segregated 784th Tank Battalion. You can read about Leslie here.

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