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    Aleutian World War II

    National Historic Area Alaska

Walter Dalegowski

WWII-era uniformed Dalegowski

Courtesy David and Mark Dalegowksi

Sergeant Walter Dalegowski (formerly of Erie, Pa) served as a flight mechanic on P-38s attached to the 54th Fighter Squadron, 343rd Fighter Group, 11th Army Air Force. He was stationed on Amchitka, Adak and Attu from May 1943 thru Sept 1945. He received training at the Lockheed Plant in Burbank, California and was witness to the maiden flight of the Lockheed Super Constellation on Jan 1, 1943. After being discharged he returned home to Erie and eventually settled in Arizona where he lived until his passing on Jan 29, 2011.

Walter's sons David and Mark graciously donated photos from their father's collection and a copy of the 54th Fighter Squadron yearbook.

Did You Know?

A PBY plane surrounded by crew

A PBY plane piloted by Lt. Jean Cusick was sent from Dutch Harbor, on June 3, 1942, to locate Japanese forces in the Pacific. He was shot down by enemy fighters en route. Five men out of the seven-man crew survived the crash and got into life rafts. Cusick and his enlisted pilot died on the rafts from their wounds. The other three were captured by the Japanese, and became the first prisoners of war in the Aleutian Campaign.