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WALKER, KENNETH N.

Service:United States Army Air Forces
Service Number:O-12510
Rank:Brigadier General
Date of Birth:18 July 1898
Date of Death:12 December 1945 (Aged 47 years)
Decorations:Medal of Honor
Silver Star
Legion of Merit
Purple Heart
Units:Headquarters, V Bomber Command, USAAF †

US Air Force / AP

Timeline

5 January 1943B-17 41-24458: Aircraft failed to return from a mission to Rabaul.

Citations

Medal of Honor:
For conspicuous leadership above and beyond the call of duty involving personal valor and intrepidity at an extreme hazard to life. As commander of the 5th Bomber Command during the period from 5 September 1942, to 5 January 1943, Brig. Gen. Walker repeatedly accompanied his units on bombing missions deep into enemy-held territory. From the lessons personally gained under combat conditions, he developed a highly efficient technique for bombing when opposed by enemy fighter airplanes and by antiaircraft fire. On 5 January 1943, in the face of extremely heavy antiaircraft fire and determined opposition by enemy fighters, he led an effective daylight bombing attack against shipping in the harbor at Rabaul, New Britain, which resulted in direct hits on 9 enemy vessels. During this action his airplane was disabled and forced down by the attack of an overwhelming number of enemy fighters.

Burial Details

THIS PERSON HAS NO KNOWN GRAVE
Memorial:MANILA AMERICAN CEMETERY
Panel:Walls of the Missing

External Links

American Battle Monuments Commission
Wikipedia

References

Congressional Medal of Honor Society [CMOHS] 2017 Walker, Kenneth N. Retrieved 28 December 2017 from <http://www.cmohs.org/recipient-detail/3045/walker-kenneth-n.php>.

Melia, M. 2017 Son pushes search for B-17 missing since World War II attack. Portland Press Herald. 21 December 2017. Retrieved 3 January 2018 from <http://www.pressherald.com/2017/12/21/son-pushes-search-for-b-17-missing-since-wwii-attack/>.

Pacific Wrecks 2017 Brigadier General Kenneth N. Walker. Retrieved 6 January 1943 from <https://www.pacificwrecks.com/people/veterans/walker/index.html>.

Record updated on 6 January 2018.


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