WALTER, EDWARD ROBERT, Second Lieutenant, # 0-866379, USAAF
Edward R. Walter was born on 20 November 1920 in Brooklyn, New York to Edward Frederick Walter (1891-1951) (NY) and Alice (Clark) Walter (1888- ) (KS). Siblings included Alice M. Walter (1921- ), Catherine Walter (1924- ), Francis Arthur Walter (1927-2011), James Lawrence Walter (1930-1989). Living with them in 1940 were two maternal aunts, Margaret Clark (1878- ) and Ellen D. Clark (1879- ).
He registered for the WWII draft 1 July 1941, employed by Western Electric, resided at 5724 Euclid, Kansas City, MO, and described himself as 6’, 165 lbs, with brown hair and gray eyes. After enlisting in the USAAF, he was trained to maintain and operate the radar equipment (RCM) on the B-29 Superfortress and earned his commission and crewman wings. He was sent overseas to the China-Burma-India theater of war. On 1 February 1945 a B-29, “Calamity Jane,” # 42-24589, assigned to 20th Air Force, 40th Bomb Group, 25th Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Chakulia, India, on a combat bombing mission over Singapore. The B-29 was last seen by 1stLt Ralph S. Braley, 0-169921, to have been hit by enemy anti-aircraft fire, its # 3 engine was on fire, and it ditched southwest of Singapore. SSgt. Fiedler was the tail gunner. Information was that the B-29 crashed near Mandai Village, 34 miles north of Singapore but this was a different crash, reported to have crashed 15 days before this B-29. Contact was made with these organizations to try to find those lost: U.S. War Crimes, Singapore; Air Jungle Rescue; Force 136 and ‘E’ Group; British Naval Intelligence; Japanese Army Liaison Officer; Japanese Naval Headquarters; British Military Administration; Singapore and Johore Bahru; Dutch Liaison Office and Resident of the Riouw Archipellage; Singapore Marine Police; employees of the English language newspaper printed in Johore during the Japanese occupation; Chinese Affairs Officer in Johore Bahru. None provided information. Except for 2 other B-29 crashes and personnel recovered from them, no other USAAF personnel were aided or evacuated by guerillas or Force 136. Those aboard are classified as missing in action. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. When he died, his mother was living at 271 Pleasant View, Lorain, Ohio. A memorial marker was placed in the North Murray Ridge Cemetery, Elyria, Ohio. He was awarded the Purple Heart Medal.
His brother, Francis A. Walter, enlisted in the USAAF at Fort Crook, Nebraska, on 18 September 1946. He served during the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He retired a Senior Master Sergeant, U.S.A.F., in 1979 at Sheppard AFB. He served in the U.S., France, and Vietnam. He died 18 July 2011 and is buried in the Mount Moriah Cemetery, Kansas City, Jackson Co., Missouri.