WALKER, ALBERT, JR., Second Lieutenant, 0-732223, USAAF

 

Albert W. Walker, Jr., was born in 1920 to Albert W. Walker in Missouri. He enlisted in the USAAF while living in Oktibbeha County, Mississippi, on 26 March 1942 at Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He completed the extensive bombardier training and earned his wings and commission. On 14 November 1943, B-24J, 42-73304, assigned to the 7th Bomb Group, 493rd Bomb Squadron, upon which he was bombardier, departed India on a bombing mission with six other B-24J bombers, to Pokokku, Burma. After the bombs were dropped, about 15-20 enemy fighters engaged them. Some were shot down and the remainder returned to their bases in India. The heroic efforts of the flight crew could not save them. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and Purple Heart. The remains of at least eight crewmen (Becker, Callahan, Cory, Johnson, Kimball, Leibowitz, Speck and Walker) were recovered by Graves Registration and returned to the U.S. A group grave (single casket) was buried 30 August 1949 in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, MO.

 

FARLEY, GRADY MCKAY, Master Sergeant, # 14107685, USAAF

 

Grady M. “Mack” Farley was born 23 February 1919 in Russellville, Franklin County, Alabama, to Grady Hopkins Farley (1890-1972) and Winnie McKay (1892-1950). He had two sisters, Mary Bert Farley (1917-1986) and Anne Rebecca Farley (1923-1989). He married Claudia “Pat” (Patterson) Farley (1920-    ).

 

He registered for the draft on 16 October 1940 at and was a student at Alabama Polytechnic Institute. He described himself in his WW II draft card as 6’1”, 155 lbs, with blond hair and gray eyes. He enlisted at Fort McClellan, Alabama, on 12 June 1942 and had completed two years of college at the Alabama Polytechnic Institute. On 14 November 1943, B-24J, 42-73304, assigned to the 7th Bomb Group, 493rd Bomb Squadron, upon which he was the engineer and responsible for mechanical maintenance, departed India on a bombing mission with six other B-24J bombers, to Pokokku, Burma. After the bombs were dropped, about 15-20 enemy fighters engaged them. Some were shot down and the remainder returned to their bases in India. The heroic efforts of the flight crew could not save them. He was one of two crewmen to escape the bomber as it dove toward the ground. He was captured and imprisoned from 29 November 1943 on and in the Moulmein and the Rangoon POW prisons. He was liberated about 11 May 1945. When he separated from the military 9 October 1945, he was a Master Sergeant. He died 9 March 2002 and is buried in the Knights of Pythias Cemetery, Russellville, Alabama.