Willis, Walter Michael, ENS

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Last Rank
Ensign
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1940-1941, VS-6
Service Years
1939 - 1941
Ensign
Ensign

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Home State
Minnesota
Minnesota
Year of Birth
1917
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Minneapolis, MN
Last Address
140 8th Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN
(Mother~Marie Willis)

Casualty Date
Dec 07, 1941
 
Cause
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Location
Pacific Ocean
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Court 2 (cenotaph)

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Last Known Activity

Early Sunday morning on December 7, 1941, a 24-year old dive bomber pilot from Minneapolis, Ensign Walter M. Willis, left the carrier USS Enterprise with his squadron on a routine scouting mission as the carrier returned to Hawaii from Wake Island.  He was flying a Douglas SBD Dauntless. As his squadron approached Oahu, they were suddenly attacked by an incoming squadron of Japanese Zero fighter planes. Purely by accident, they had stumbled upon Japanese planes attacking Pearl Harbor.  Willis and his gunner, Coxswain Fred Ducolon, never came back. Later reports indicated that they knocked two enemy planes from the sky before going down at sea. He was one of the first American airmen to die in World War II.  His remains were not recovered.
   
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Service number: 084140
   
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