Carpenter, Walter Richard

Individual Personnel Data
Name Carpenter, Walter Richard   
Rank Flight Officer / First Lieutenant
Serial Number O-533026   
Unit Assignments Assigned to the 544th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #93 dated 11 September 1943
Duty Pilot
MOS1091 - Pilot, B-17
Last Duty Date 4 March 1944
Results Killed In Action
Final Resting Place or Memorial: Netherlands American Cemetery, Margraten, The Netherlands: Plot C Row 21 Grave 20
Additional Information
Ordered to travel to Coombe House Hotel (a 'flak house'), Semley, Dorset, for seven days beginning 21 December 1943 on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #171 dated 20 December 1943.
Related Documents Missing Air Crew Report # 2741 (54.222 MB)
Photo Album:Crew Photo Album




Crew Composition When Assigned to the 384th BG
Replacement Combat Crew
CREWMEMBER POSITION RESULTS
Flt. Ofcr. Carpenter, Walter RichardPilotKIA
2nd Lt. Kennedy, John Benton, JrCo-pilotPOW
2nd Lt. Hedin, Carl AntonNavigatorPOW
2nd Lt. Altman, Murray DavidBombardierKIA
SGT. Fallesen, Wayne PeterRadio Operator / GunnerPOW
T/SGT. McCracken, Dwight HowardEngineer / Top Turret GunnerPOW
S/SGT. O'Leary, Edward Joseph, "Mickey"Ball Turret GunnerPOW
S/SGT. Leibring, Clarence PaulTail GunnerEV
S/SGT. Zyglowicz, Bernard FrankFlexible GunnerEV
S/SGT. Girard, Donald RobertFlexible GunnerPOW

Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 21 Combat Missions.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
26 27 September 1943 Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Emden, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑29814 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
27 2 October 1943 Target: Port Facilities
Type: Transportation
Location: Emden, Germany
Pilot 42‑29717 Flying spare aircraft: returned to base after taking off.
Sortie Report
28 4 October 1943 Type: Industry
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Pilot 42‑5051 Combat Mission Credit
Landed away at Boxted due to low fuel.
Sortie Report
30 9 October 1943 Target: Aircraft Factories
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Anklam, Germany
Pilot 42‑29651 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
32 14 October 1943 Target: Ball-Bearing Factory
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Schweinfurt, Germany
Pilot 42‑29717 Aborted mission after taking off.
Sortie Report
33 20 October 1943 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Düren, Germany
Pilot 42‑29717 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
34 3 November 1943 Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Wilhelmshafen, Germany
Pilot 42‑29717 Combat Mission Credit
Kennedy (CP) and Hedin (N) wounded by flak burst in nose of aircraft.
Sortie Report
36 16 November 1943 Target: Knaben II Molybdenum Mine
Type: Industry
Location: Knaben, Norway
Pilot 42‑37785 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
37 26 November 1943 Target: City Center
Type: Non-Military
Location: Bremen, Germany
Pilot 42‑37789 Combat Mission Credit
Landed away at Snetterton Heath.
Sortie Report
38 29 November 1943 Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Bremen, Germany
Pilot 42‑37727 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
40 5 December 1943 Target: Fighter Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Saint-Jean-d'Angély, France
Pilot 42‑31073 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
42 13 December 1943 Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Bremen, Germany
Pilot 42‑37848 Combat Mission Credit
Low group deputy.
Sortie Report
44 20 December 1943 Target: Port Area/Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Bremen, Germany
Pilot 42‑31274 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
47 30 December 1943 Target: I. G. Farben Industrie, Chemical/Synthetic Rubber Plants
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Pilot 42‑29717 Combat Mission Credit
Composite Squadron
Sortie Report
48 31 December 1943 Target: Blockade Runner 'Orsone' (name of ship)
Type: Transportation
Location: [Mouth of River Garonne], France
Pilot 42‑29632 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
53 14 January 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Le Meillard, France
Pilot 42‑30026 Aborted mission after taking off.
Turned back over field with runaway #2 prop, #3 magneto out, and reception on command radio transmission was very faint.
Sortie Report
54 21 January 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Preuseville, France
Pilot 42‑3440 Combat Mission Credit
41A Group Deputy.
Sortie Report
55 29 January 1944 Target: Aircraft Parts Plants
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Pilot 42‑31495 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron lead, lead group.
Sortie Report
56 30 January 1944 Target: Aircraft Assembly Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Brunswick / Braunschweig, Germany
Pilot 42‑31495 Combat Mission Credit
Low group.
Sortie Report
59 5 February 1944 Target: Bricy Aerodrome, Luftwaffe Training and Bomber Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Orleans, France
Pilot 42‑31495 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron lead.
Sortie Report
60 6 February 1944 Target: Nancy/Essey Aerodrome
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Nancy, France
Pilot 42‑31495 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
64 21 February 1944 Target: Fighter Field & Aircraft Storage Depot
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Werl, Germany
Pilot 42‑31495 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron lead, low group.
Sortie Report
65 22 February 1944 Target: Aircraft Factory
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Halberstadt & Aschersleben, Germany
Pilot 42‑31495 Aborted mission after taking off.
41A Group Deputy.
Sortie Report
68 28 February 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Preuseville, France
Pilot 42‑31495 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron deputy.
Sortie Report
71 4 March 1944 Type: Military
Location: Berlin, Germany
Pilot 42‑39991 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron lead. Was seen in formation at bombs away; at 1202 aircraft peeled off and left formation under control; all engines were running, but one may have been hit by flak; last seen going down still under control; flak, crashed 1 km south of Blangermont, France. MACR 2741
Sortie Report

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