Selenger, Walter Kingsley, Lt Col

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1055-Pilot, Single-Engine Fighter
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1951-1951, Missing In Action (MIA)
Service Years
1941 - 1951
Officer Collar Insignia
Lieutenant Colonel

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Home State
California
California
Year of Birth
1917
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Mountain View
Last Address
Korea

Casualty Date
May 21, 1951
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Korea, South
Conflict
Korean War
Location of Interment
Golden Gate National Cemetery - San Bruno, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section K Site 3042-B

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 Unit Assignments
Aviation Cadet Flight School318th Fighter Squadron325th Fighter GroupUnited States Air Forces in Europe (COMUSAFE/USAFE)
49th Fighter-Bomber GroupUS Air Force
  1941-1941, Aviation Cadet Flight School
  1945-1945, 318th Fighter Squadron
  1945-1945, 325th Fighter Group
  1948-1949, United States Air Forces in Europe (COMUSAFE/USAFE)
  1950-1950, United States Air Forces in Europe (COMUSAFE/USAFE)
  1951-1951, HQ Squadron, 49th Fighter-Bomber Group
  1951-1951, 49th Fighter-Bomber Group
  1951-1951, Missing In Action (MIA)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1945 World War II1
  1950-1951 Korean War
 My Aircraft/Missiles
P-51/F-51 Mustang  F-80/P-80 Shooting Star  T-33 Shooting Star (T-Bird)  
  1943-1945, P-51/F-51 Mustang
  1948-1950, F-80/P-80 Shooting Star
  1948-1951, T-33 Shooting Star (T-Bird)
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Last Known Activity
"Lieutenant Colonel Selenger was the pilot of a T-33A Shooting Star fighter with the Headquarters Squadron, 49th Fighter Bomber Group. On May 16, 1951, while returning from a combat weather mission, on the aircraft's approach to Taegu #1 Airfield (K-2), it crashed into a mountain 12 miles southeast of Taegu, Korea. Lieutenant Colonel Selenger was awarded the Purple Heart, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Medal and the Republic of Korean War Service Medal."  Source: WWI, WWII, and Korean War Casualty Listings, Korean War Veterans Honor Roll, Ancestry.com

Lt. Col. Selenger was interred on December 7, 1951 at Golden Gate National Cemetery, Section K Site 3042-B. Source: U.S. Veterans Gravesites, ca. 1775-2006, Ancestry.com

   
Comments/Citation
Lt. Col. Selenger is the son of Walter and Mabel Selenger. After high school, he attended college for four years, though to date the college he attended is unknown. He was a Social Science teacher and coach at Ihglehold High School from about 1938 to 1941.In 1938, probably in the summer after teaching an academic year, he played baseball for the Bisbee Bees of the Arizona-Texas League.  Records indicate that in 1942 he was on "leave from Ehglehold High School."

"Before he entered the Air Force in 1941 he was a professional minor-league baseball pitcher and a schoolteacher. He was a crack pilot in World War II, racked up 51 combat missions, switched to jets. In 1948 Airman Selenger and three other wartime pilots formed the Air Force's famous 'Acrojets,' flew in 100 air shows across the U.S. ..." "...In Korea, Lefty ignored friends pleas that he stay on the ground, in less than ten months racked up 223 missions." Source: Time - War: Last Flight, Monday, Jun 4, 1951, http://www.time.com

Note: The other pilot aboard the aircraft that crashed into the mountain north of Taegu was Lt. Col Leland P. Molland, 32, of Fargo, N.Dak.

"Name: Walter K Selenger
Birth Year: 1917
Nativity State or Country: California
State of Residence: California
County or City: Santa Clara
Enlistment Date: 29 Sept 1941
Enlistment State: California
Enlistment City: Moffet Field
Branch: Air Corps
Branch Code: Air Corps
Grade: Aviation Cadet
Grade Code: Aviation Cadet
Component: Regular
Source: Civil Life
Education: 4 years of college
Civil Occupation: Actors and actresses
Marital Status: Single, without dependents
Height: 72
Weight: 169"
Source: U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946, Ancestry.com

"Name: Walter K. Selenger
Birth Date: 13 Jan 1917
Gender: Male
Home City: Mountain View
Home State: California
Citizen Status: US Citizen
Death Date: 21 May 1951 (Note: Presumptive Death Date)
Processed Date: Nov 1976
Casualty Country: Korea
Casualty Type: Hostile-Died While Missing
Casualty Cause: Aircraft Loss/Crash Not at Sea
Casualty Air: Fixed Wing Air Casualty-Pilot
Service Branch: US Air Force
Component: Regular
Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
Pay Grade: Lieutenant Colonel"
Source: Korean War Casualties, 1950-1957, Ancestry.com
   
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