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First Name: Walker

Last Name: Mahurin

Birthplace: Benton Harbor, MI, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Air Force (1947 - present)

Middle Name: Melvin

Date of Birth: 05 December 1918

Date of Death: 11 May 2010

Rank: Colonel

Years Served:
Walker Melvin Mahurin

•  World War II (1941 - 1945)
•  Korean War (1950 - 1953)


Walker "Bud" Melvin Mahurin
Colonel, U.S. Air Force

Walker Melvin Mahurin was born on 5 December 1918 in Benton Harbor, MI.

Mahurin was the only U.S. pilot to shoot down enemy aircraft in both the European and Pacific Theater of Operations in World War II, and in the Korean War.

In September 1941, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps as an aviation cadet, and was later assigned to the 8th Air Forces' 56th Fighter Group based in England as a pilot of a P-47 Thunderbolt. With this group he became the first American pilot double ace in the European Theater, having shot down 10 enemy planes. In late 1944, he became commander of the 3rd Fighter Squadron, 3rd Air Commando Group, in the Philippine Islands. Flying a P-51 Mustang, he scored aerial victories in the Pacific and ended the war with a total of 20.75 victories.

At the start of the Korean War in 1950, he was serving in the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force when assigned to the 51st Fighter Interceptor Wing. Flying an F-86 Sabre Jet, he went on to score 3.5 more aerial victories. Shot down by enemy ground fire in May 1952, he spent the last 16 months of war as a prisoner before being released. He retired from the Air Force as a Colonel in 1956.

Medals and Awards

Distinguished Service Cross
Silver Star Medal
Distinguished Flying Cross
Airman Medal (7 Awards)

In Retirement

He worked as an aeronautical engineer in the aviation industry and published the book "Honest John: The Autobiography of Walker M. Mahurin" in 1962.

Death and Burial

Colonel Walker Melvin Mahurin died on 11 May 2010 in Newport Beach, CA. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA.

Honoree ID: 2797   Created by: MHOH




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