ALTMAN, WALTER, Staff Sergeant, # 36328819, USAAF
Walter Altman was born on 2 October 1917 in Chicago, Cook Co., Illinois, to Erline Altman (1891-) (Norway) and Martha Melde (Karlsen) Altman (1895- ). Siblings included Edith Marie Altman (1910-1920), Roy Harry Altman (1915-1992), Charles E. Altman (1920-1992), Marian (Altman) Bator (1922-1978), Jean M. (Altman) Serra (1928- ) . In 1930 his father was a cabinet maker. He was married to Eileen M (Weber) Altman.
He enlisted in the USAAF on 6 April 1942. He was trained in the repair and maintenance of the mechanical and electrical parts of the B-25 Mitchell and the operation of the .50 caliber machineguns. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas to 14th Air Force in China. On 18 March 1944, a B-25H, # 43-4216, assigned to 14th Air Force, 341st Bomb Group (Medium), 722nd Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Yangkai, China, on a bombing mission over Nanning, China. It was shot down by enemy anti-aircraft fire at about 1030Z, near Vinh, Annam (then French Indochina invaded by the Japanese; later North Vietnam). The crash was seen by Sgt G.L. Dailey, 36431505, and PFC T.J. Milarowitz, 18068315. Sgt Dailey reported: Before 1stLt Smith crashed, he was flying parallel with the target, over the river. He lost altitude and his left wing hit first and the B-25 flew to pieces. After circling, no crewmen could be seen on the surface. After recovery, his remains were buried in the Mount Olive Cemetery, Dunning, Illinois. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.
His brother, Charles E. Altman, born 18 March 1920, served in the USAAF, a Sergeant, from 19 August 1942 to 30 December 1945. He died on 10 February 1992 aand is buried in the Hillside Cemetery, Antioch, Illinois.