June 12, 1917 (Danbury, CT) – May 31, 1943; 25 years old; unmarried
Last known address: 55 Cove Avenue, East Norwalk
Service number: O-361389
303RD BASIC FLIGHT TRAINING CENTER
Norwalk High School Class of ‘34
Walter served as a Major & Flight Instructor, 303rd Basic Flight Training Center, Fort Knox, Kentucky, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II. Walter died in the line of duty while training a future pilot in BT-13A #41-1681 when the plane crashed at Toyah Auxiliary Field, Texas during the war.
From The Norwalk Hour, June 1, 1943
Word that their son, Major Walter J. “Bud” Fitzgerald Jr., 27, was killed in a training plane crash at Pecos, Texas, was received late last night by Mr. and Mrs. Walter J. Fitzgerald of 55 Cove Avenue from the War Department. No details of the accident were told in the telegram. Major Fitzgerald was at Pecos for advanced pilot training. The body will be brought here for burial. Major Fitzgerald earned his first commission, that of a Second Lieutenant, in ROTC work at Fordham University. He was called into the service with the Army Air Force in May 1940. He served first at Westover Field, Massachusetts, remaining there until April 1941, when he was transferred to General Headquarters, Bolling Field, Washington DC. Four months later he was made a First Lieutenant and on March 1, 1942, received his Captain’s bars. On October 15, 1942, he was promoted to Major. He had been at Pecos flying field about six weeks. Major Fitzgerald attended local schools and was graduated from Fordham University. Prior to enlistment he was in the realty business with his brother in law, Kenneth F. Lee under the firm name Lee and Fitzgerald. Besides his parents, Major Fitzgerald is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Marianne F. Lee and Sister Mary Barbara at Ursuline Convent in New Rochelle, New York. Mr. Fitzgerald Sr. is in the awning business in Liberty Square and is a member of the Board of Estimate and Taxation.
Airmen who perished on BT-13A #41-1681:
Beck, Raymond G. ~ Cadet, Student, MN
Fitzgerald, Walter J., Jr. ~ Major, Instructor, CT
Maj Fitzgerald is interred at St. John’s Cemetery in Norwalk CT. Grave site cannot be found.