Walter E. Truemper

Walter Edward Truemper (October 31, 1918 – February 20, 1944) was a United States Army Air Forces officer in World War II and a recipient of the U.S. military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor. He and his crewmate, Staff Sergeant Archibald Mathies, were posthumously awarded the medal for attempting to save the life of their wounded pilot by staying aboard and trying to land their damaged aircraft. Truemper, Mathies, and the pilot were killed when the aircraft crashed following a third unsuccessful landing attempt.

Walter Edward Truemper
Cmoh army
BornOctober 31, 1918
Aurora, Illinois
DiedFebruary 20, 1944 (aged 25)
Polebrook, England
Place of burial
Saint Paul's Lutheran Cemetery, Montgomery, Illinois
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branchUnited States Army Air Forces
Years of service1942–1944
RankSecond Lieutenant
Unit510th Bombardment Squadron, 351st Bomb Group
Battles/warsWorld War II
AwardsMedal of Honor
Bronze Star
Purple Heart


Born on October 31, 1918, in Aurora, Illinois, Truemper was one of 10 children.[1][2] He attended business college and worked as an accounting clerk before enlisting in the United States Army from Aurora on June 23, 1942. He served for a few months with the 174th Field Artillery at Camp Bowie, Texas, until he entered flying training. He took pre-flight training at Ellington Field, Texas; flexible gunnery at Harlingen, Texas; and advanced navigation at Hondo, Texas, and was commissioned a second lieutenant, Air Corps on August 26, 1943. He served with the 796th Bomb Squadron at Alexandria, Louisiana, until being sent to the Eighth Air Force as a replacement aircrew member in December 1943. He was assigned to the 510th Bomb Squadron, 351st Bombardment Group, based at RAF Polebrook in England.

On February 20, 1944, Truemper took part in a bombing mission over Leipzig, Germany, as a navigator aboard a B-17G Flying Fortress nicknamed Ten Horsepower (AAF Ser. No. 42-31763, markings TU:A). During the mission, the aircraft was attacked by a squadron of German fighter planes. The attack left the bomber severely damaged, the co-pilot dead, the pilot unconscious, and the radio operator wounded. The remaining crewmen were able to fly the plane back to RAF Polebrook, at which point Truemper and the flight engineer, Sergeant Archibald Mathies, volunteered to stay aboard while the others parachuted to safety. After observing the aircraft, their commanding officer determined that it was too badly damaged for the two inexperienced men to land and ordered them to bail out as well. The pilot was still alive and could not be moved, however, and Truemper and Mathies refused to leave him behind. They made two unsuccessful landing attempts before crashing on their third try, killing all three airmen. For this action, both Truemper and Mathies was awarded the Medal of Honor four months later, on June 22, 1944.[1]

Truemper, aged 25 at his death, was buried at Saint Paul's Lutheran Cemetery in Montgomery, Illinois.[3]


Six streets have been named in Truemper's honor: one at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas; a second at Naval Station Great Lakes, Illinois; a third at Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska; a fourth at Yokota Air Base, Japan; one in Aurora, Illinois (as well as a statue there) and a sixth at Mather Airport, part of the Sacramento County Department of Airports in Sacramento, California, which was previously Mather Air Force Base until September 1993 when it was closed due to BRAC action.

Medal of Honor citation

Truemper's official Medal of Honor citation reads:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of life above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy in connection with a bombing mission over enemy-occupied Europe on 20 February 1944. The aircraft on which 2d Lt. Truemper was serving as navigator was attacked by a squadron of enemy fighters with the result that the co-pilot was killed outright, the pilot wounded and rendered unconscious, the radio operator wounded and the plane severely damaged. Nevertheless, 2d Lt. Truemper and other members of the crew managed to right the plane and fly it back to their home station, where they contacted the control tower and reported the situation. 2d Lt. Truemper and the flight engineer volunteered to attempt to land the plane. Other members of the crew were ordered to jump, leaving 2d Lt. Truemper and the engineer aboard. After observing the distressed aircraft from another plane, 2d Lt. Truemper's commanding officer decided the damaged plane could not be landed by the inexperienced crew and ordered them to abandon it and parachute to safety. Demonstrating unsurpassed courage and heroism, 2d Lt. Truemper and the engineer replied that the pilot was still alive but could not be moved and that they would not desert him. They were then told to attempt a landing. After two unsuccessful efforts their plane crashed into an open field in a third attempt to land. 2d Lt. Truemper, the engineer, and the wounded pilot were killed.[1]

See also


  1. ^ a b c "Medal of Honor Recipients - World War II (T–Z)". Medal of Honor Citations. United States Army Center of Military History. August 3, 2009. Retrieved November 11, 2010.
  2. ^ Walker, Janelle (November 11, 2010). "Honoring veterans 'the least we can do'". Courier News. Elgin, Illinois. Archived from the original on July 16, 2011.
  3. ^ "Walter E. Truemper". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. Retrieved December 10, 2007.
  • Freeman, Roger A. The Mighty Eighth (1993 edition), (pp. 269–270). ISBN 0-87938-638-X

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351st Missile Wing

The 351st Missile Wing is an inactive United States Air Force unit, which was last based at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri. Assigned to Strategic Air Command for most of its existence, the wing supported LGM-30F Minuteman II ICBMs. It was inactivated in 1995.

During World War II, its predecessor unit, the 351st Bombardment Group was a VIII Bomber Command B-17 Flying Fortress unit in England. Assigned to RAF Polebrook in early 1943, the group's 504th Bomb Squadron made 54 consecutive missions on June 1943 to January 1944 without losses. Two members of the 351st Bombardment Group, 2d Lt Walter E. Truemper and S/Sgt Archibald Mathies, were posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor on a mission to Leipzig, Germany, 20 February 1944.

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Archibald Mathies

Archibald Mathies (June 3, 1918 – February 20, 1944) posthumously received the Medal of Honor as an enlisted member of the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II.

Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress

The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress is a four-engined heavy bomber developed in the 1930s for the United States Army Air Corps (USAAC). Competing against Douglas and Martin for a contract to build 200 bombers, the Boeing entry (prototype Model 299/XB-17) outperformed both competitors and exceeded the air corps' performance specifications. Although Boeing lost the contract (to the Douglas B-18 Bolo) because the prototype crashed, the air corps ordered 13 more B-17s for further evaluation. From its introduction in 1938, the B-17 Flying Fortress evolved through numerous design advances, becoming the third-most produced bomber of all time, behind the four-engined B-24 and the multirole, twin-engined Ju 88.

The B-17 was primarily employed by the USAAF in the daylight strategic bombing campaign of World War II against German industrial and military targets. The United States Eighth Air Force, based at many airfields in central, eastern and southern England, and the Fifteenth Air Force, based in Italy, complemented the RAF Bomber Command's nighttime area bombing in the Combined Bomber Offensive to help secure air superiority over the cities, factories and battlefields of Western Europe in preparation for the invasion of France in 1944. The B-17 also participated to a lesser extent in the War in the Pacific, early in World War II, where it conducted raids against Japanese shipping and airfields.From its prewar inception, the USAAC (by June 1941, the USAAF) promoted the aircraft as a strategic weapon; it was a relatively fast, high-flying, long-range bomber with heavy defensive armament at the expense of bombload. It developed a reputation for toughness based upon stories and photos of badly damaged B-17s safely returning to base. The B-17 dropped more bombs than any other U.S. aircraft in World War II. Of approximately 1.5 million tons of bombs dropped on Nazi Germany and its occupied territories by U.S. aircraft, over 640,000 tons were dropped from B-17s. In addition to its role as a bomber, the B-17 was also employed as a transport, antisubmarine aircraft, drone controller, and search-and-rescue aircraft.

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William Quash

William R. Caddy

William R. Dunn

William R. Lawley, Jr.

William R. Lloyd

William R. Lucas

William R. Peers

William R. Shockley

William R. Snodgrass

William Raborn

William Rehnquist

William Reid (VC)

William Remington (athlete)

William Rogers (rugby player)

William Rose (screenwriter)

William S. Mailliard

William S. Massey

William S. Morris

William S. Stone

William Salcer

William Saward

William Scranton

William Seagrove

William Seawell

William Shakespeare (football)

William Shepherd

William Sheridan Allen

William Sidney Smith

William Sidney, 1st Viscount De L'Isle

William Silkworth

William Slim, 1st Viscount Slim

William Staveley (Royal Navy officer)

William Steger

William Steinberg

William Sterling Parsons

William Joseph Stern

William Stewart Simkins

William Strang, 1st Baron Strang

William T Y'Blood

William T. Clement

William T. Hanna

William T. Ingram

William T. Owen

William T. Young

William Tubman

William Usery, Jr.

William W. Momyer

William Wallace (rower)

William Walter Kouts

William Wasbrough Foster

William Welsh (RAF officer)

William Westmoreland

William Whipple Jr.

William Winter (politician)

William Wolfe Wileman

William Wood (rower)

William Wylie Galt

William Yates (politician)

Williamis de Souza Silva

Willibald C. Bianchi

Willie Crilley

Willie Edwards

Willie Gillis

Willis A. Lee

Willis Carto

Willis D. Crittenberger

Willis Lent

Willis Ricketts

Williston B. Palmer

Williston Municipal Airport

Willward Alexander Sandys-Clarke

Willy F. James, Jr.

Willy Favre

Willy Grondin

Willy Lages

Willy Rösingh

Willy Schärer

Willys MB

Wilm Hosenfeld

Wilma Leona Jackson

Wilmeth Sidat-Singh

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Winchester Model 1897

Winchester Model 1912

Windfall Indiana WWII POW Camp

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Windsor-class attack transport


Winfield S. Cunningham

Winged Victory (play)

Winged Victory of Samothrace

Wingmen (The Boondocks)

Wings for This Man

Wings of Fury

Wings of Power II: WWII Fighters

Wings of Power: WWII Heavy Bombers and Jets

Wings Up

Winkler County Airport

Winnie Gibson

Winning Your Wings

Winrich Behr

Winston's Hiccup

Winston's War

Winston & Strawn

Winston Churchill as historian

Winston Churchill as writer

Winston Churchill High School (Eugene, Oregon)

Winston Churchill High School (Lethbridge)

Winston Churchill High School (Montgomery County, Maryland)

Winston Churchill in politics: 1900-1939

Winston Churchill Memorial Trust

Winston Churchill

Winter Haven's Gilbert Airport

Winter Line

Winter Offensive of 1947 in Northeast China

Winter War


Winthrop Rockefeller

Winton M. Blount


Wireless Experimental Centre

Wireless Set No. 19


Wish Me Luck

Wishes: A Magical Gathering of Disney Dreams

Wissem Ben Yahia

Witalis Wieder

With the Marines at Tarawa

With the Old Breed

Withers A. Burress

Without Love

Witold Łokuciewski

Witold Dzierżykraj-Morawski

Witold Pilecki

Witold Urbanowicz

Witold Zalewski

Wivan Pettersson


Wladimir Aïtoff

Wladimir Vogel


Würzburg radar

Wołyńska Cavalry Brigade

Woeste Hoeve

Wojciech Kossak

Wojciech Rostafiński

Wola massacre

Woldemar Brinkmann

Wolei-class minelayer

Wolf-Dietrich Wilcke

Wolf-Heinrich Graf von Helldorf

Wolf Graf von Baudissin

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Wolf pack Vorwärts

Wolf pack Wolf

Wolf pack

Wolfenstein 3D

Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory

Wolfgang Borchert

Wolfgang Danne

Wolfgang Droege

Wolfgang Falck

Wolfgang Heyda

Wolfgang K. H. Panofsky

Wolfgang Lettl

Wolfgang Liebeneiner

Wolfgang Lüth

Wolfgang Mommsen

Wolfgang Muff

Wolfgang Schellmann

Wolfgang Schwarz

Wolfgang Sievers

Wolfgang Späte

Wolfgang Stöhr

Wolfgang Tonne

Wolfram Sievers

Wolfram von Richthofen



Wolverine (comics)

Wolves of Paris

Women's Army Auxiliary Corps

Women's Army Corps Service Medal

Women's Army Corps

Women's Auxiliary Air Force

Women's Auxiliary Australian Air Force

Women's Auxiliary Service (Burma)

Women's Land Army

Women's Orchestra of Auschwitz

Women's roles in the World Wars

Women's Royal Australian Naval Service

Women's Royal Naval Service

Women Airforce Service Pilots

Women in Bondage

Women in Defense

Women’s International War Crimes Tribunal on Japan’s Military Sexual Slavery

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Woodrow Parfrey

Woodrow W. Keeble

Woodrow Wilson Barr

Woodrow Wyatt

Woody Hayes

Woolenook (Wood Camp)

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Worek Plan

World in Flames

World Jewish Congress lawsuit against Swiss banks

World Union of National Socialists

World War II-era population transfers

World War II aircraft production

World War II casualties

World War II Combat: Iwo Jima

World War II Combat: Road to Berlin

World War II combatives

World War II crimes in Poland

World War II cryptography

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World War II in contemporary culture

World War II in the Basque Country

World War II Online

World War II persecution of Serbs

World War II Victory Medal (United States)

World War II Victory Medal

World War II: Frontline Command

World War II

World war

World War

Worldwar series

Worldwar: In the Balance

Worldwar: Striking the Balance

Worldwar: Tilting the Balance

Worldwar: Upsetting the Balance


Wormhoudt massacre

Wort und Tat

Wound Badge


Wu Qiwei

Wu Yicheng

Wuli Campaign


Wurfrahmen 40

WW2 aircraft production

WWII (album)

WWII Postal Acronyms

Wyndham Portal, 1st Viscount Portal

List of Medal of Honor recipients for World War II

This is a list of Medal of Honor recipients for World War II. The Medal of Honor was created during the American Civil War and is the highest military decoration presented by the United States government to a member of its armed forces. The recipient must have distinguished themselves at the risk of their own life above and beyond the call of duty in action against an "enemy of the United States" or an "opposing foreign force". Due to the nature of this medal, it is commonly presented posthumously.World War II, or the Second World War, was a global military conflict, the joining of what had initially been two separate conflicts. The first began in Asia in 1937 as the Second Sino-Japanese War; the other began in Europe in 1939 with the German and Soviet invasion of Poland. This global conflict split the majority of the world's nations into two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis powers.

The United States was drawn into World War II on December 8, 1941, a day after the Axis-member Japan launched a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in Honolulu that killed almost 2,500 people in what was considered the biggest peacetime loss on American soil inflicted by foreign people at that time.

For actions during World War II, 472 United States military personnel received the Medal of Honor. Seventeen of these were Japanese-Americans fighting in both Europe and the Pacific, many of which were upgraded from Distinguished Service Crosses during the Clinton administration. Additionally, Douglas Albert Munro was the only serviceman from the United States Coast Guard in United States military history to receive the Medal for his actions during the war.

The earliest action for which a U.S. serviceman earned a World War II Medal of Honor was the attack on Pearl Harbor, for which 17 U.S. servicemen were awarded a Medal, although they did so "while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force" rather than "enemy" since the United States was neutral during the events of December 7, 1941. The last action to earn a contemporaneous Medal of Honor prior to the August 15, 1945, end of hostilities in World War II, were those of Melvin Mayfield, on July 29, 1945 – though several honorees may have been cited for their Medal after Mayfield's recognition on May 31, 1946. Additionally, seven African Americans and twenty-two Asian American veterans who had received the Distinguished Service Cross during the war were awarded the Medal of Honor in 1997 and 2000 – most of them posthumously – after two studies determined that racial discrimination had caused them to be overlooked at the time.

List of people from Aurora, Illinois

The following list includes notable people who were born or have lived in Aurora, Illinois. For a similar list organized alphabetically by last name, see the category page People from Aurora, Illinois.

RAF Polebrook

Royal Air Force Station Polebrook or more simply RAF Polebrook is a former Royal Air Force station located 3.5 miles (5.6 km) east-south-east of Oundle, at Polebrook, Northamptonshire, England. The airfield was built on Rothschild estate land starting in August 1940.

It was from Polebrook that the United States Army Air Forces' Eighth Air Force carried out its first heavy bomb group (Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress) combat mission on 17 August 1942, and from which Major Clark Gable flew combat missions in 1943.


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