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Bader, Walter Earl

Rank and Name, Captain Walter Earl Bader.

Unit/Placed in, 499th Bomber Squadron, 345th Bomber Group, Medium.


Walter is born approx. on 1919 in Baltimore, Maryland.

Father, John H. Bader.

Mother, Caroline T. Bader.

Sister(s), Elizabeth C. and Catherine M. Bader.

Brother(s), Johnathan H. William C. and Robert D. Bader.


Walter enlisted the service in Maryland with service number # 0-792426.


Walter‘s Crew-members and their position on-board the plane a B-25  were,

Captain        Alden W. Thompson Jr.      Pilot

2nd Lt.          George W. Cagle                Co Pilot

Captain        Walter E. Bader                Navigator

TSgt.            Walter A. Malone              Radio Operator/Gunner

SSgt.            Norman J. Zinda              Gunner

Walter was KIA when they made a dive for strafing an misjudged their altitude and hit the palm trees that made them crash on 9 Sep. 1943,  he is honored with a Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, Army Presidential Unit Citation, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, WW II Victory Medal.


Walter is buried/mentioned at Manila American Cemetery and Memorial Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines.

Walls of the missing.

His and the Crew Remains were recovered.


Thanks to, https://pacificwrecks.com/aircraft/b-25/41-30516.html

Jean Louis Vijgen, ww2-Pacific.com and ww2-europe.com.

Air Force Info, Rolland Swank.

ABMC Website, https://abmc.gov

Marines Info, https://missingmarines.com/    Geoffrey Roecker

Seabees History Bob Smith  https://seabeehf.org/

Navy Info, http://navylog.navymemorial.org

POW Info, http://www.mansell.com    Dwight Rider and Wes injerd.

Philippine Info, http://www.philippine-scouts.org/ Robert Capistrano

National Historian

Navy Seal Memorial,  http://www.navysealmemorials.com

Family Info, https://www.familysearch.org

Info, https://www.pacificwrecks.com/

Medals Info, https://www.honorstates.org


Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com

Tank Destroyers, http://www.bensavelkoul.nl/

499th Bomber Squadron
345th Bomber Group
North American B-25 Mitchell
Port Moresby Airfield
B25 Jelly Belly_ the 2nd Nose-Art Plane
His rank Captain