POLCHLOPEK, WALTER S., Sergeant, # 31083841, USAAF

 

Walter S. Polchlopek was born in 1915 in Massachusetts to Polchlopek and Catherine Polchlopek (1890-    ). A sister was Helen Polchlopek (1913-    ). In 1940 his mother was a cotton mill weaver and in 1942 lived at 132 Jewett St, Lowell, Massachusetts.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Fort Devens, Massachusetts, on 9 September 1942. On 20 May 1944, at about 1600 hours, a B-24J, # 42-73317, “Puck” assigned to the 308th Bomb Group, 373rd Bomb Squadron (Heavy), 14th Air Force departed Luichow, China, on a sea sweep combat mission, to land at Yangkai, China. It was speculated that anti-aircraft fire brought it down. He was awarded the Air Medal and Purple Heart. He is remembered on the Manila American Cemetery, Fort William McKinley, Philippines.