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S/Sgt Maurice H. Walker

Squadron: 63rd

Position: tail gunner, B-24 painte black with a radar dome main mission was bombing the shipping coming out of Japan to China

Served: 10/25/43 - 6/1/46

Originally from: New York

Training: gunnery school at tyndall Field Florida

Citations/Medals: Purple Heart, Air Medal with oak leaf cluster, Asiatic-Pacfic ribbon with 2 bronze campaign stars.

Planes: The plane that we ditched was "OUT OF THE NIGHT II". I remember that because it was the plane we flew over in. We pick it up in Scaramento, CA, it was brand new and the last 3 nos. of its serial no. was 099

Number of Missions: 16

Stationed at: Clark Field on Luzon, in the Philipinne Island.Main target was the shipping coming from Japan to China. Bombed Taipe on Formosa (Tiawan). Ditched a B-24 in the South China Sea and lost one man

Most poignant, sad or touching memory of the war:
Watching our B-24 sink in the ocean.Recovering all but one man

Funniest or most fun memory of the war:
spending time in San Francisco during our staging time

Where I was and how I celebrated when I learned the war was over:
I was laying in my hospital bed in Halloran General Hospital on Staten Island. Couldn't get out of bed to celebrate.

How having gone to war has affected me, what comes to mind when I think of the war:
Now it was so long ago that I really can't remember. Went back to high school and graduated. Got married and went to work.

To future generations:
Ive passed all the words of wisdom to my grandchildren.

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