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Wwii Letter. Army Air Force Sergeant. Killed July, 1944. Killed 3 Weeks Later. For Sale
This isascarce and interestingoriginal WWII letter, written by a sergeant in the United States Army Air Forcewho was killed just three weeks later.
This 4 page letter was writtento his motherbySergeant James K. Walker of Texas,who was killedon the 28th ofJuly, 1944, while serving in the 500th Bomb Squadron, 345th Bomb Group. This letter waswrittenbySergeant Walkeron the 4th of July, 1944, twenty four days before his death. Walkerwas a qualified aerial gunner. Although he served primarily as a crew chief in the 500th Bomb Squadronhe often flew on missions, sometimes as a gunner, andsometimes just to monitor and observe the performance of the There isinteresting content in this2 page letter. Sergeant Walker enclosed three Japanese occupation banknotes, which he had acquired in a trade with a native boy. Sergeant Walker wrote notations on two of the banknotes and dated them, July 1944,which turned out to be themonth of his death:
"Right now I'm sitting on my sack and there is a little native boy on the foot of the bed. I just traded him out of some J_p invasion money. You see, the J_ps had planned on using it to pay the natives with."
Walker explains that he was writing from a new location. (The flight echelon of his squadron was operating from anew base temporarily.) Walker was looking forward to reuniting with some of his close friends (who were still back at thesquadron'sregular base with most of the writing you again from this place we're operating from. I expect it will be a week before we get back to Frank and Mike... I'll say one thing for this place. The food is better... Incidentally, by a strange coincidence we are eating in Bill Polk's squadron. He is due to come home in a month and he promised to come to see you."
Walker had met a girl while hehad beenon leave in Australia earlier in the year. There is some touching content about her in this letter.
There is a sad segment at the end of the letter. Walker promiseshis mother that he wouldsend money home regularly, and then adds:
"Be sweet, and for goodness sakes don't worry about me. I love you lots."
Sergeant James Walker was killedonly a few weeksafter he wrote this letter.
*** Sergeant James K. Walker of Greenville, Texas,served in the 500th Bombardment Squadron, 345th Bombardment Group. He was killed on the 28th of July 1944, while his squadron was operating from the island of Biak.
An interesting and emotional original WWII letter.
*** Note: For information purposes only I have shown a scan of Sergeant Walker's Texas Department of Health death certificate,and also a picture of hiscemetery headstone. Sergeant Walker's remains were repatriated in 1948. He is buried in Texas.
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