John Walker Stalnaker



Ninety Six, SC

Army Air Force, Staff Sergeant

421 Bomb Sq, 504 Bomb Gp

Nov 3, 1923

May 24, 1945

Killed in Action - Crashed during mission over Tokyo.

Memorial marker in Elmwood Cemetery, Ninety Six, SC


Additional Information

Missing Air Crew Report #14483
  • 21st AIR CMD South, Group 504th Bomb Squadron
  • Mission: Bombing
  • Destination: Tokyo
  • 8:00pm May 23, 1945
  • Last know location: Tinian Mariana Islands
  • Type of aircraft: B29, 42-65266 (The Gamecock)

According to Missing Air Crew Report 14483: Aircraft was presumed to have been lost over the target.  No radio contact was made after take-off from Tinian, Mariana Islands at 8:11 pm, 23 MAY 1945.  No search was conducted.

1st LT Gran, Erik H.
2nd LT Boggan, Robert T. [PILOT] 2nd LT Swetsky, Martin
2nd LT Bensems, Robert J.
SGT. Stalnaker, John W.
SGT. Naschold, Karl F. Jr.
SGT. Gorrie, Edward
2nd LT Martin, Wayne W.
CPL. Macomb, James T.
CPL. MacDonald, Charles W.
Addendum: When searching for a photo of “The Gamecock” I found this comment – Crew Chief Brown AC 1/Lt.Gran Shot down May 24,45 over Tokyo.  Lt.Gran and 7 crew KIA 3 survived.  I cannot explain the inconsistency between this and the comment above indicating that no search was conducted.
Dave Lyle, Clemson Class of ’68

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Extra Documents

Vignette in The Echo written by Kelly Durham – Target Tokyo