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2nd Lt. Walter Willard Ingalls


Born: 15 January 1922 - Iowa

Mother: Willard Ingalls & Alice Bell-Ingalls

Siblings: 1 sister

Home:

    - 816 North Third Avenue - Maywood, Illinois

Education:

    - Westchester Grade School - Westchester, Illinois

    - Proviso Township High School

        - Class of 1938

    - Iowa State College

        -  Bachelor Degree in Agricultural Engineering - 1942

Inducted:

    - 1 January 1943 - Iowa

        - U.S. Army Air Corps

Serial Number: O&482969

Training: 

    - Salinas Army Airfield, California

    - Lowry Army Airfield, Colorado

    - Pratt Army Airfield, Kansas

        - sent overseas

Stationed:

    - Chakulia Airfield, India

        - arrived at airfield - 2 April 1944 

Unit: 25th Bomb Squadron, 40th Bomb Group (Very Heavy), 58th Bomb Wing

Plane:

    - B-29-40-BW - Identification Number: 42-24589 

    - Name: "Calamity Jane"

        - Flight Engineer

        - 12 man crew

Engagements:

    - Bombing missions

        - Bangkok, Thailand

            - 5 June 1944 - first bombing mission

        - Manchuria

        - Japan

        - Singapore

            - took off from Chakulia Airfield - one of 67 B-29s on mission

            - mission was to bomb the Admiralty Floating Drydock 

            - hit by enemy fire from anti-aircraft gun or fighter

             - #3 engine caught fire - plane went down on fire

Missing in Action:

    - 1 February 1945

        - Officially Declared Dead - 1 February 1945 - same day as mission

Memorial:

    - Tablets of the Missing

        - American Military Cemetery, Manila, Philippine Islands

Medals:

    - Purple Heart

    - Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster




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