Walter Jacobson was born in 1916 in New York. He was living with his parents, Reuben and Claire (Friedenheit) Jacobson in the 1920, 1930 and 1940 censuses in New York. In 1940 he was working as a lawyer.
On Dec. 28, 1941 Walter enlisted in New York City, in the Air Corps as an Aviation Cadet.
Walter was the co-pilot on the B-24D-CO "Lady Luck", part of the 5th Air Force, 90th Bombardment Group, 321st Bombardment Squadron. He was on board for a mission that took off from 5-Mile Drome (Wards) near Port Moresby at 5:35, February 19, 1943, on a lone reconnaissance mission over the southern coast of New Britain. The last radio contact was made one hour later when a report was received from the aircraft stating that a weather front was being entered in the Cape Ward Hunt area.
The crew was reported as missing in action on February 19, 1943. On January 8, 1946 they were officially declared dead. Walter and the rest of the crew are memorialized at the Manila American Cemetery, Fort Bonifacio, Manila.
In April of 1943 Reuben filed an inquiry about his son.
Walter's father died in 1947 and David's death is mentioned.
↑ "United States Census, 1920," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MVMZ-LLN : accessed 14 Feb 2014), Walter Jacobson in household of Rubin Jacobson, Queens Assembly District 5, Queens, New York, United States; citing sheet , family 274, NARA microfilm publication T625, FHL microfilm 1821236.
↑ "United States Census, 1930," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/X42M-874 : accessed 14 Feb 2014), Walter L Jacobson in household of Reuben Jacobson, Manhattan (Districts 0251-0500), New York, New York, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 0455, sheet , family 416, NARA microfilm publication.
↑ "United States Census, 1940," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/K3YF-W1N : accessed 14 Feb 2014), Walter Jacobson in household of Reuben Jacobson, Assembly District 11, Manhattan, New York City, New York, New York, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 31-963, sheet 61B, family 33, NARA digital publication of T627, roll 2647.
↑ National Archives and Records Administration. Register, World War II Dead Interred in American Military Cemeteries on Foreign Soil and World War II and Korea Missing or Lost or Buried at Sea. Walter L Jacobson.
↑ "Jacoboson-Reuben." The New York Times. March 24, 1947. p.25.
It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Walter by comparing test results with other carriers of his ancestors' Y-chromosome or mitochondrial DNA.
However, there are no known yDNA test-takers in his direct paternal line.
Mitochondrial DNA test-takers in the direct maternal line: