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Personnel

S/Sgt

Otto REICHL

Army Serial Number: 33827404
Assigned to the 100th Bombardment Group
Location:
Unit: 350th Bombardment Squadron
Rank:
Position: Waist Gunner

Additional 100th Service Notes

Status: POW
MACR: 08814
CR: 08814
Comments: 11 SEP 44 RUHLAND

Comments and Notes

Memo 1:
CREW

2ND LT HOWARD R. SCHULTE P KIA 11 SEP 44 RUHLAND
F/O RICHARD P. "Pappy" KEIRN CP POW 11 SEP 44 RUHLAND A/C #43-38043
2ND LT JEROME H. HUTCHESON NAV POW 11 SEP 44 RUHLAND MACR #8814, Micro-fiche #3235
2ND LT KENNETH R. SUMMERS BOM POW 11 SEP 44 RUHLAND
S/SGT LESTER S. SWINK ROG POW 11 SEP 44 RUHLAND
S/SGT CARL H. HARRE TTE POW 11 SEP 44 RUHLAND
SGT GEORGE H. BERG BTG KIA 11 SEP 44 RUHLAND
SGT WALTER BUDZISZEWSKI WG KIA 11 SEP 44 RUHLAND
SGT DONALD S. GARNER WG RFS DUE TO UNCONTROLLABLE AIR SICKNESS/ OVER GARNER'S OBJECTIONS
SGT OTTO REICHL TG POW 11 SEP 44 RUHLAND

350TH SQDN…CREW, AS ABOVE, JOINED THE 100TH ON 2 AUG 1944.

Missions of Crew:

Date Last Name Initial Rank Position Aircraft Nbr Target
1. 8/14/1944 SCHULTE H.R. LT P 31220 LUDWIGHSAVEN (OIL)
2. 8/15/1944 SCHULTE H.R. LT P 38043 VENLO
3. 8/24/1944 SCHULTE H.R. LT P 31991 RUHLAND (OIL)
4. 8/26/1944 SCHULTE H.R. LT P 97924 BREST
5. 8/27/1944 SCHULTE H.R. LT P 97924 BERLIN (RECALL)
6. 9/3/1944 SCHULTE H.R. LT P 38043 BREST
7. 9/5/1944 SCHULTE H.R. LT P 38043 STUTTGART (AERO ENGS)
8. 9/11/1944 SCHULTE H.R. LT P 38043 RUHLAND (OIL)

S.O.C. page 79 says Schulte was killed by a 20mm shell.

THE CP IS THE 100TH'S WELL KNOWN COL RICHARD P. KEIRN . ( SEE KEIRN RECORD FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THIS REVERED 100TH VETERAN.)

COLONEL RICHARD P. KEIRN

A POW IN SOUTHEAST ASIA FOR SEVEN YEARS; THE ONLY 100TH VETERAN TO BE A POW IN TWO WARS. COL KEIRN REMAINED IN THE SERVICE AND RETIRED AS A COLONEL. HE CONDUCTED HIMSELF IN A ELEGANT AND COURAGEOUS MANNER THROUGHOUT HIS COMBAT AND THE ORDEAL OF IMPRISONMENT IN GERMANY AND SOUTHEAST ASIA. HIS SPARKLING OUTLOOK ON LIFE IS NOT DIMMED BY THE GREAT SACRIFICES HE HAS MADE FOR HIS COUNTRY. COL KEIRN IS HELD IN HIGH ESTEEM BY ALL WHO KNOW HIM AND IS PROUDLY CLAIMED BY THE 100TH'S .

Letter from Lt. Jerome H. Hutcheson, Navigator, dated 5 Aug 1945…

". . . From the moment of the first fighter attack, the pilot, Lt Howard R. Schulte, was unconscious, presumably from lack of oxygen. . . After continuing flying, the co-pilot, who was in command of the ship, decided that further attempts to put out the fire and return of our base would be of no avail and the order to bail out was given. The pilot had returned to consciousness, stating he was all right and unwounded to the co-pilot's inquiry. He immediately confirmed the co-pilots decision to abandon ship. I bailed out later. The Bombardier, Lt. Kenneth R. Summers later told me that he saw the pilot, Lt Schulte, and believed him to be the last person aboard the aircraft.. When last seen he was flying the aircraft at 7500 feet altitude going down fast. One wing was a mass of flames due to flak damage. He saw no more chutes come from the plane. Lt Summers believes that Lt Schulte did not bail out or if he did his chute did not open. He may have decided to crash land the aircraft."

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT Information:

Target:
Ruhland
Aircraft:
(43-38043)
Date:
1944-09-11
Cause:
EAC - FLAK - Fire

Crew List

1st Crew List

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Rank Name Pos Status
Lt SCHULTE, Howard R. P KIA
Lt KEIRN, Richard P. CP POW
Lt HUTCHESON, Jerome H. NAV POW
LT SUMMERS, Kenneth R. BOM POW
T/Sgt HARRE, Carl H. TTE POW
S/SGT SWINK, Lester S. ROG POW
S/Sgt BERG, George H. BTG KIA
S/SGT BUDZISZEWSKY, Walter V. WG KIA
S/SGT GARNER, Donald S. WG RFS
S/SGT REICHL, Otto WG POW