April 16, 1919 (Weston, CT) – June 13, 1943; 24 years old
Last local address: RFD 2, Weston (unknown connection to Norwalk)
Enlisted October 15, 1941
Service number: 31053118
95TH BOMBER GROUP (HEAVY), 336TH BOMBER SQUADRON
MIA (at sea)
Awarded the Air Medal and Purple Heart Medal. In the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor.
On 13 June 1943 60 B-17s from the USAAF attacked the U-boat pens in Kiel. 16 B-17s from 95th BG flew at the front of the formation which was attacked on the bombing run to the target. As usual the German fighters particularly attacked the front of the formation, and before it had passed the target 7-8 B-17s from 95th BG were lost. Aircraft B-17F 42-3286 is reported to have been hit after having passed the target and crashed in Kiel Bay with the loss of all onboard.
Pilot Lt Austin V. Stone, Navigator 2nd Lt. Bernard D. Sharpe, Bombardier 2nd Lt Charles D. Johnson, Top turret gunner Sgt R.D. Cloar, Radio operator Sgt Graydon W. Spellman, Ball gunner Sgt Clayton E. Broch, Waist gunner Howard Buller, waist gunner Sgt John A. Richardson and tail gunner Sgt Charles S. Bruce have no known grave.
The body of Copilot 2nd Lt Cerbert Walter was found washed ashore on Kastager beach near Nalskov on the island of Lolland and was laid to rest in Svinø cemetery on 26/7-1943. On 8/5-1948 his body was disinterred and evacuated to the U.S. Military Cemetery, Neuville-en-Condron in Belgium. Today he rests in Netherlands American Cemetery, Margraten, Holland.
Memorialized Tablets of the Missing, Cambridge American Cemetery, Coton, England
Memorialized at Coley Cemetery, Weston Road, Weston CT
On the Norfield Grange World War II marker in Weston, CT in front of the Norfield Congregational Church, 64 Norfield Road, Weston.