Ingalls, 2nd Lt. Walter W.

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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 the 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 the mission
– the 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 – the same day as the 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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