Starck, Walter Edwin, Col

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Colonel
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
5516-Civil Engineering Staff Officer
Last AFSC Group
Civil Engineering
Primary Unit
1964-1965, Strategic Air Command (SAC)
Service Years
1942 - 1965
Officer Collar Insignia
Colonel

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Home State
Kansas
Kansas
Year of Birth
1920
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Hosington
Last Address
Berlin, Maryland

Date of Passing
Jan 07, 2010
 
Location of Interment
Eastern Shore Veterans Cemetery - Hurlock, Maryland
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot G. Row 16, Site 13

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Cold War Medal Air Ace American Fighter Aces Congressional Gold Medal


 Military Association Memberships
American Fighter Aces Association
  2018, American Fighter Aces Association


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Last Known Activity

 Walter E. Starck was born in Hosington, Kansas on September 2, 1920. He was the son of a Lutheran minister, who died in 1933. Walter's mother returned, with her children, to her home in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. From age 3, Walter expressed a desire to be a pilot. He worked to support the family starting in his teens and saved money from his job as a theater manager. 

He graduated High School, and applied for Aviation Cadets, but a requirement was 2 years of college. He hired a tutor to enable him to receive the equivalent education. After the war began in 1941, the 2-year requirement was eliminated, so Walter enlisted and requested Cadet status in January 1942.

On November 10, 1942, he graduated from flight training and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant and awarded pilot wings at Moore Field, Texas. He was then sent to Westover, Massachusetts to familiarize himself on the P-47. Later he was assigned to the 321st Fighter Squadron of the 326th Fighter Group.

After training, he was assigned to the 487th Fighter Squadron of the 352nd Fighter Group as the Engineering Officer. He deployed with the unit in 1943 to Bodney Field, England. He began routine missions in the P-47, escorting bombers, and making fighter sweeps. He moved to P-51 fighters when the 352nd Fighter Group transitioned from the P-47.

On November 27, 1944, he and his flight engaged  enemy fighters in defense of a bomber stream. At that time, his record was 5 aerial victories, with 1 probable and 2 damaged. In the ensuing dogfight, he shot down 2 more enemy aircraft, but debris from his last kill struck his aircraft and damaged the engine. He reported to the flight leader he was making for England, but the aircraft lost all power and Starck was forced to bail out.

He was captured by the Germans and interrogated for 19 days under extreme conditions, Finally, he was shipped to Stalag Luft I where he stayed under primitive conditions until liberated by the Russians in May 1945. He was promoted to Major and returned to the U.S. at duty stations Moore Field, Texas and Luke AFB, Arizona.

In 1946 he returned to Europe on Occupation duty at Schweinfurt, Germany. In 1948, he was assigned to Red Bank, New Jersey. He then had a tours at various organizations and bases such as Wright-Patterson AFB, Illinois; Taegu AFB, Korea: and Lincoln AFB, Nebraska in the Civil Engineering area.

He became the Division Civil Engineering Officer for the 3rd Air Force in 1962 at Anderson AFB, Guam. In 1964, he was appointed as Executive Civil Engineering Officer at Hgs SAC at Offutt AFB, Nebraska.

Colonel Walter E. Strack retired from the Air Force on July 31, 1965.

He passed away on January 7, 2010 at his home in Berlin, Maryland.

  

Other Comments:

Walter Starck's first assigned aircraft was P-47D #42-8684, nicknamed "Lucia."

When the 352nd Fighter Group transitioned to P-51s, Starck was assigned P-51B #43-24807, nicknamed "Starck Mad." This name was on the left side of the aircraft; "Even Steven" (for Keith Steven, crew chief) was on the right side.

Later, Starck was given P-51B #43-6929, which was lost on May 12, 1944 while being flown by Lt. Alfred P. Howard, Jr., who was shot down and captured. Ironically enough, Starck was flying P-51B #44-14794, nicknamed "Buzz Boy," assigned to Lt. James Bateman, when he was forced to bail out and become a POW.

   
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Location
Stalg Luft 1
Country/State
Germany
   
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Existing/Disbanded
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Parent Unit
Prisoner Of War (POW)
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McKeon, Joseph Thomas, Lt Col, (1941-1963) A23 AAF MOS 1055 Captain
Aron, William E., 1st Lt, (1942-1945) A23 AAF MOS 1055 First Lieutenant
Gailer, Frank Lewis, Brig Gen, (1942-1972) A23 AAF MOS 1055 First Lieutenant
Luksic, Carl John, Lt Col, (1942-1969) A23 AAF MOS 1055 First Lieutenant
Tyron, Stanley, 1st Lt, (1942-1945) A23 AAF MOS 1055 First Lieutenant
Ligon, Vernon Payton, Col, (1942-1974) A23 AAF MOS 1055 Second Lieutenant
Golden, Newman Camay, 1st Lt, (1943-1951) A23 AAF MOS 1055 Flight Officer
Barmore, Robert (Ken), 1st Lt, (1943-1945) A23 AAF MOS 1092 First Lieutenant
Ebert, Dale, D., 1st Lt, (1942-1946) A23 AAF MOS 1091 First Lieutenant
Embach, John Henry, Capt, (1941-1952) A23 AAF MOS 1051 First Lieutenant
Fonke, Vincent A., Col, (1939-1970) A23 AAF MOS 1091 First Lieutenant
Hinckley, Bud H., 1st Lt, (1942-1945) A23 AAF MOS 1024 First Lieutenant
Ulrich, Norman A., 1st Lt, (1942-1945) A23 AAF MOS 1091 First Lieutenant
Dougherty, Henry J., 2nd Lt, (1941-1945) A23 AAF MOS 1054 Second Lieutenant
Keeffe, James, Lt Col, (1942-1966) A23 AAF MOS 1092 Second Lieutenant
Latton, Howard William, 2nd Lt, (1942-1945) A23 AAF MOS 1054 Second Lieutenant
Littlefield, Thaddeus Gurney, 2nd Lt, (1942-1945) A23 AAF MOS 1091 Second Lieutenant
Martin, Arnold Paul, 1st Lt, (1940-1950) A23 AAF MOS 1091 Second Lieutenant
Rogers, James A., 2nd Lt, (1942-1944) A23 AAF MOS 1091 Second Lieutenant
Sullivan, George T., 2nd Lt, (1942-1945) A23 AAF MOS 1091 Second Lieutenant
Moore, Mark, FltOff, (1943-1946) A23 AAF MOS 1091 Flight Officer
Moore, Mark, FltOff, (1943-1946) A23 AAF MOS 1091 Flight Officer
Vanaman, Arthur William, Maj Gen, (1917-1954) A11 AAF MOS 9301 Brigadier General
Caplan, Leslie, Maj, (1941-1946) A31 AAF MOS 3162 Major
Encinias, Miguel, Lt Col, (1939-1971) 112 1121Z Captain
Berg, Warren H., Capt, (1942-1945) A08 AAF MOS 1034 First Lieutenant
Konopack, Jr., Edward J., 1st Lt, (1943-1945) A08 AAF MOS 1035 First Lieutenant
Muse, Charles Amacie, Lt Col, (1943-1975) A08 AAF MOS 1036 First Lieutenant
Stoliar, Norton, 1st Lt, (1940-1945) A08 AAF MOS 1035 First Lieutenant
Canin, I. Paul, 2nd Lt, (1942-1945) A08 AAF MOS 141 Second Lieutenant
Dailey, Cole Major, Lt Col, (1942-1973) A08 AAF MOS 1035 Second Lieutenant
Hart, Bernard, 2nd Lt, (1943-1945) A08 AAF MOS 1034 Second Lieutenant
Huish, Billy H., 2nd Lt, (1942-1944) A08 AAF MOS 1034 Second Lieutenant
Thorsen, Robert E., 2nd Lt, (1943-1944) A08 AAF MOS 1035 Second Lieutenant
Becay Jr., Frank, TSgt, (1942-1945) A07 AAF MOS 748 Technical Sergeant
Brown, Roy, H., TSgt, (1942-1945) A07 AAF MOS 611 Technical Sergeant
Easley, Joseph W., TSgt, (1941-1945) A07 AAF MOS 940 Technical Sergeant
Erb, Frederick, H., TSgt, (1942-1946) A07 AAF MOS 757 Technical Sergeant
Lee, James H., TSgt, (1942-1945) A07 AAF MOS 748 Technical Sergeant
Miller, Robert, S., TSgt, (1942-1945) A07 AAF MOS 748 Technical Sergeant
Robison, Raymond, Paul, TSgt, (1942-1945) A07 AAF MOS 737 Technical Sergeant
Rogers, Eli C., TSgt, (1941-1945) A07 AAF MOS 737 Technical Sergeant
Rogers, Jack C., TSgt, (1942-1945) A07 AAF MOS 737 Technical Sergeant
Wolstenholme, John, L., TSgt, (1942-1945) A07 AAF MOS 757 Technical Sergeant
Armstrong, Donald C., SSgt, (1942-1945) A07 AAF MOS 611 Staff Sergeant
Brown, Owrie Vernon, TSgt, (1942-1945) A07 AAF MOS 737 Staff Sergeant
Conner, William E., SSgt, (1942-1946) A25 AAF MOS 177 Staff Sergeant
Cornelius, William, F., SSgt, (1942-1946) A07 AAF MOS 611 Staff Sergeant
Cortelletty, John, B., SSgt, (1942-1946) A07 AAF MOS 611 Staff Sergeant
Esselstine, William H., SSgt, (1942-1945) A07 AAF MOS 611 Staff Sergeant
Green, Arthur F., SSgt, (1942-1945) A07 AAF MOS 611 Staff Sergeant
Hale, Kenneth, V., SSgt, (1942-1945) A07 AAF MOS 611 Staff Sergeant
Hamilton, Hugh, SSgt, (1942-1945) A07 AAF MOS 611 Staff Sergeant
Harding, Harold, R., SSgt, (1941-1945) A07 AAF MOS 611 Staff Sergeant
Itschner, Donald R., SSgt, (1943-1945) A07 AAF MOS 611 Staff Sergeant
Kaiser Jr., John E., SSgt, (1943-1945) A07 AAF MOS 611 Staff Sergeant

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