Walter A. Lundin, residing in Yonkers, New York, originally
enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force on July 7, 1941. Upon completion of training, he transferred and was assigned to
the Coastal Command Group of the Royal Air Force. He underwent further training in Northern Ireland.
On November 9 1942, while in London, England, he transferred
again to the U. S. Navy, and subsequently returned to the United States. In November 1943, he was assigned to Fighter Squadron
Fifteen flying F6F Hellcats and proceeded to the forward area aboard the U.S.S. Essex. The squadron participated in the Marianas
campaign, flew initial strikes against Palau, the Philippines and Formosa, and was engaged in the first and second battles
of the Philippine Sea. In December, 1944, the Air Group returned to the United States.
Tally Record: 6 ½ kills
As a pilot of a fighter plane in Fighting Squadron Fifteen,
attached to the U.S.S. Essex during the First Battle of the Philippine Sea in June 1944, when our fleet was subjected to numerous
enemy air attacks, he destroyed one enemy fighter and one enemy dive bomber plane and assisted materially in the total destruction
by his squadron of sixty-seven enemy aircraft. In action in the central Philippines in September 1944, while attacked by a
vastly superior force of intercepting enemy fighters, he engaged the aircraft in combat and destroyed one and assisted another
pilot in destroying an enemy medium bomber, tbereby contributing to his flights total of twenty-nine planes destroyed during
this action. Pressing home relentless strafing attacks against grounded aircraft, he succeeded in setting fire to and destroying
one grounded plane. During this period he was a LT, and served as a section leader.
On October 24, 1944, during operations in the Battle of Leyte
Gulf, while intercepting a force of enemy aircraft during a combat patrol mission, he engaged the enemy shooting down two
planes and assisted in dispersing the remainder.
In February, 1945, he was assigned to VBF151 flying F4U-4 Corsairs.
The conflict was over before this unit reached the forward area.
Awards: Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal and Gold Star
After a long and distinguished Naval Career, CAPT Lundin retired in 1962. He presently
lives in Port St. Lucie, FL, and became an honorary member of the NEW McCampbell Aces in June, 2002. During the USS McCampbell's
port visit to W. Palm Beach, Jake has reluctantly agreed to act as spokesperson for Air Group - 15.