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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)

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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


See our aviation history timeline for all today's historical aviation events - air victories, aircraft losses and pilot details.

New victory claim added : Do17 claimed on 15th September 1940 by Pilot Officer A. R. H. Barton of No.253 Sqn RAF
R. C. Rendle added to aircrew database.
Updates made to Aircrew database for : Pilot Officer Arthur C Dunlop : Aircraft updated (added Ventura), Squadrons updated, Squadron service dates updated
Blenheim Mk.IV V5521 of No.139 Sqn RAF added to the airframes database.
Updates made to Aircrew database for : Otto Schultz :
Updates made to Airframes database for : Hampden AD899 : Aircrew updated (added Pilot Officer J. G. Curley)
Updates made to Airframes database for : Hampden P4409 : Airframe notes updated (added 01-04-1941 : Hampden took off at Lindholme but swung and crashed following the collapse of the undercarriage.)
A. C. Jupp added to aircrew database.
New victory claim added : Ju88 (Half shared victory) claimed on 24th April 1942 by Flight Lieutenant A. R. H. Barton of No.126 Sqn RAF
Updates made to Airframes database for : Whitley Z6583 : Airframe notes updated (added 03-04-1941 : Whitley was ordered to divert to an airfield in southern England, before it crashed after circling Tangmere. It is believed the pilot became disorientated after the airfield lights were extinguished.)


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