RABBITT, WALTER A., Private First Class, # 12157719, USAAF
Walter A. "Bunny" Rabbitt was born on 24 March 1924 in New Rochelle, Westchester Co., New York, to Andrew J. Rabbitt (1899- ) and Lillian M. (Kreitler) Rabbitt (1902- ) (married 8 February 1921, New Rochelle, NY). Siblings included Frank Kreitler Rabbitt (1928-2003). Living with them in 1930 were his maternal grandparents, Charles A. Kreitler (1871- ) and Barbara Kreitler (1873- ) (Germany). He graduated from Young High School.
He enlisted in the USAAF in New York, New York, on 22 October 1942. He was trained in the maintenance and operation of the radio equipment on the C-109 (B-24 transport) and earned his crewman wings. On 7 January 1945, a C-109 (transport version of the B-24 Liberator), # 44-49016, assigned to Air Transport Command, CIB, 1327th AAF Base Unit, departed the airfield at Tezpur, India, on a cargo mission to Chengtu, China. Its last contact was at 1400 hours, IST, with Tingkawk-Sakan, Burma, advised of change of destination to Luliang, China. On 18 January 1945, the 1327th AAF BU advised Headquarters that it received a radiogram from Kunming, China, stating that a ground search party located the wreckage of the C-109 at about 16 miles NE of Mowting, China, at about 25º 20’ Nrth & 101º 32’ East. The Chinese at the scene reported that the C-19 crashed at1630 hours IST on 7 January 1945 after exploding in midair. The aircraft was a total loss and the crw were killed. Some papers, including the driver’s license of PFC Rabbitt were found. After recovery, his remains were buried in the Beechwoods Cemetery, New Rochelle, New York.
His brother, Frank K. Rabbitt, born 9 January 1928, enlisted in the U.S. Army National Guard 12 March 1945 to 22 October 1945, 56th Infantry Regiment, Compnay K, a Private, active duty during WW II from 16 July 1946. He died on 30 August 2003 and is buried in the Culpeper National Cemetery, Culpeper, Virginia (Sec. O, Grave 33).