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Kenneth A Walsh - Pacific Ace (13th May 2016)

...... 73 years ago.......

Air war in the Pacific


Kenneth A Walsh

Medal of Honor

Ken Walsh was born in Brooklyn, New York, on November 24th 1916. On December 15th 1933, Kenneth Walsh joined the Marines, becoming a mechanic and radioman. In April 1937 he received his wings while still a Private, but was promoted to Corporal immediately after. Ken Walsh achieved an impressive 21 victories in his 104 combat missions. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for two separate actions in August 1943 when, overwhelmingly outnumbered, he destroyed 7 enemy aircraft before being shot down himself. He scored his final victory on 22nd June 1945 over Okinawa. Walsh remained in the Marine Corps for a full career, flying transports in Korea and retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel in February 1962. He was the 4th highest scoring Marine Corps fighter Ace of World War Two. Sadly he passed away on 30th July 1998.

Zero Fighter Sweep - signed by Kenneth A Walsh

Text for print : 1st Lt Kenneth A Walsh over the Solomon Islands May 13th 1943. He scored 21 Victories at received the medal of Honor.

This print is an oddity in our stock, as it is a one-off secondary market print, and not one of our own publications.  It is number 152 of the signed limited edition of 1250 and was published prior to 1998.

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Blog Articles (9)


----- 2016 -----

13/5 - Kenneth A Walsh - Pacific Ace
11/5 - Walker 'Bud' Mahurin Tribute
5/5 - Bob Stanford-Tuck Tribute
3/5 - A First World War Ace from New Zealand
25/4 - The Loss of Halifax LK789
25/4 - Wing Commander Tim Fairhurst
15/4 - The Red Baron - The Last Dogfight
15/4 - Ray Grayston - Anniversary of a Dambuster passing.
15/4 - A Wellington Tribute

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