Westmoreland, Walter Drake, 1st Lt

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1055-Pilot, Single-Engine Fighter
Last AFSC Group
AAF - Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1943-1944, AAF MOS 1055, 332nd Fighter Group
Service Years
1942 - 1944
First Lieutenant

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Home State
Georgia
Georgia
Year of Birth
1920
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Atlanta, Georgia
Last Address
Ramitelli Airfield, Foggia, Italy

Casualty Date
Oct 12, 1944
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Hungary
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
South View Cemetery - Atlanta, Georgia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 




 Unofficial Badges 

Tuskegee Airmen Congressional Gold Medal


 Military Association Memberships
Tuskegee Airmen
  1944, Tuskegee Airmen [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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Pilot Badge


 
 Unit Assignments
Aviation Cadet Flight School302nd Fighter Control Squadron332nd Fighter Group
  1942-1943, AAF MOS 770, Aviation Cadet Flight School
  1943-1944, AAF MOS 1055, 302nd Fighter Control Squadron
  1943-1944, AAF MOS 1055, 332nd Fighter Group
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1944 World War II
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Northern France Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Anzio Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
PT-17 Kaydet  BT-13 Valiant  AT-6 Texan  P-40 Warhawk/Kittyhawk  
P-39 Airacobra  P-47 Thunderbolt (Jug)  P-51/F-51 Mustang  
  1942-1943, PT-17 Kaydet
  1942-1943, BT-13 Valiant
  1942-1943, AT-6 Texan
  1943-1944, P-40 Warhawk/Kittyhawk
  1944-1944, P-39 Airacobra
  1944-1944, P-47 Thunderbolt (Jug)
  1944-1944, P-51/F-51 Mustang
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Tuskegee Airmen fighter pilot during WWII. Also nephew of Secretary of the NAACP Walter White. Graduate of class 43-G, earning his pilot wings at Tuskegee in 1943. He flew a P-51C fighter, nicknamed "Dopey". Westmoreland was a member of the 332nd Fighter Group, 302nd Fighter Squardron based in Italy during World WWII. His plane went down near Lake Balaton, Hungary in 1944 while returning from an escort mission to Blechammer, Germany. First designated as MIA, Westmoreland's remains were not returned from Europe until December of 1948. He and his father who became gravely ill upon news of his son's death were laid to rest beside each other at that time. 
   
Comments/Citation
Sources:
http://www.afhra.af.mil/shared/media/document/AFD-100413-023.pdf
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=90346317
Book: "Red Tails, Black Wings", The Men of America's Black Air Force, by John B. Holway, Yucca Tree Press, 1997, p 258.
Book: "Tuskegee Airmen", The Men Who Changed a Nation, by 1st Lt. Charles E. Francis and updated by Col. Adolph Caso, Branden Books, 2008, pp 152-3.
   
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