42-73516         B24

 

On 19 May 1944 a B-24J, # 42-73516, assigned to 14th Air Force, 308th Bomb Group, 375th Bomb Squadron, Kweilin, China, departed its airfield on a sea sweep combat mission and was seen to crash at about 0718 Zulu at coordinates 20° 15’ North & 114° 32’ East. It was shot down by anti-aircraft about 100 miles Southeast of St. John’s Island, South East China Sea. The crew was:

                                       Pilot                             2ndLt Grady G. Walton                                   0-686609

                                       Co-Pilot                       2ndLt Harold D. Finley                                   0-699405

                                       Navigator                    2ndLt Charles P. Wassell                                 0-759859

                                       Bombardier                  2ndLt Robert V. Long                                     0-546308

                                       Crew Chief                  TSgt Harvey J. Davis                                      19099833

                                       Radio Operator            TSgt Harold V. Kilgour                                   16175890

                                       Asst Engineer              TSgt Sam C. Sjalander                                    18190360

                                       Gunner                        SSgt Harry R. Marlowe                                   39032324

                                       Gunner                        SSgt Odas Marsh                                             39126264

                                       Gunner                        SSgt James F. Miller                                        16122296

The next-of-kin listed was:

                                                 Walton             Eria N. Walton, M, Rte 2, Snyder, TX

                                                 Long                Nolan I. Long, W, 75 W. Clark St., Ilion, NY

                                                 Finley              Tommy J. Finley, W, 1219 W. 5th St., Texarkana, TX

                                                Wassell            Jacquelin B. Wassell, Mayflower Rd, Westport, CT

                                                Davis               Christina M. Davis, W, 549 N. Alfred St., Los Angeles, CA

                                                Kilgour            Victor S. Kilgour, F, 901 Delaware, Detroit, Mich.

                                                Sjalander          Sam Y. Sjalander, F, RFD, Crosby, TX

                                                Marlowe          Dorothy J. Marlowe, W, 2658 22nd Ave., San Francisco, CA

                                                Marsh              Ruby (Marsh) Price, S, RFD 1, Box 298A, Hollister, CA

                                                Miller               Elizabeth E. Miller, M, Industry, IL

WALTON, GRADY GASTON, Second Lieutenant, # 0-686609, USAAF

 

Grady G. Walton was born on 27 April 1924 in Snyder, Scurry Co., Texas, to Isaiah Walton (1887-1977) and Arie Nancy (Hamrick) Walton (1889-1972) (married in 1909, Snyder, TX). Siblings included Lillian Marian (Walton) Early (1910-2012), Clarence Madison Walton (1911-2003), Leo Anita (Walton) Hudson (1912-2005), Pauline (Walton) Merritt (1914-2003), Rosalia Walton (, Harvey N. Walton (, Foch Wilson Walton (1919-1989), Rankin Norris Walton (1921-2008), Virgil Manning Walton (1922-2016), Rachel Alice (Walton) Addison (1926-1972), Natalie Walton (1928-    ), Enid Ellem Walton (1930-1931), and Francis Labon Walton (1932-    ).