Walmsley, John Springer, Jr., Capt

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
11BXX-Bomber Pilot
Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1951-1951, 11BXX, 3rd Bombardment Wing, Light
Service Years
1944 - 1951

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Near Yangdok, Korea

Casualty Date
Sep 14, 1951
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Korea, North
Korean War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
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Not Specified

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Korean War Fallen
  1951, Korean War Fallen

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 Unit Assignments
8th Bombardment Squadron3rd Bombardment Group, Light3rd Bombardment Wing, Light
  1951-1951, 11BXX, 8th Bombardment Squadron
  1951-1951, 11BXX, 3rd Bombardment Group, Light
  1951-1951, 11BXX, 3rd Bombardment Wing, Light
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1951-1951 Korean War/CCF Spring Offensive (1951)
  1953-1953 Korean War/Korean Summer (1953)/Various Air Missions Over North Korea
 My Aircraft/Missiles
A-26 (B-26) Invader  
  1950-1951, A-26 (B-26) Invader
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Not Specified
Medal of Honor

Rank and organization:
Captain, U.S. Air Force, 8th Bombardment Squadron, 3d Bomb Group
Place and date:
Near Yangdok, Korea, 14 September 1951
Entered service at: Baltimore, Md. Born. 7 January 1920, Baltimore, Maryland

Capt. Walmsley, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. While flying a B-26 aircraft on a night combat mission with the objective of developing new tactics, Capt. Walmsley sighted an enemy supply train which had been assigned top priority as a target of opportunity. He immediately attacked, producing a strike which disabled the train, and, when his ammunition was expended, radioed for friendly aircraft in the area to complete destruction of the target. Employing the searchlight mounted on his aircraft, he guided another B-26 aircraft to the target area, meanwhile constantly exposing himself to enemy fire.

Directing an incoming B-26 pilot, he twice boldly aligned himself with the target, his searchlight illuminating the area, in a determined effort to give the attacking aircraft full visibility. As the friendly aircraft prepared for the attack, Capt. Walmsley descended into the valley in a low level run over the target with searchlight blazing, selflessly exposing himself to vicious enemy antiaircraft fire.

In his determination to inflict maximum damage on the enemy, he refused to employ evasive tactics and valiantly pressed forward straight through an intense barrage, thus insuring complete destruction of the enemy's vitally needed war cargo. While he courageously pressed his attack Capt. Walmsley's plane was hit and crashed into the surrounding mountains, exploding upon impact.

His heroic initiative and daring aggressiveness in completing this important mission in the face of overwhelming opposition and at the risk of his life, reflects the highest credit upon himself and the U.S. Air Force.
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