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Stewart Welton Schoch

Military

Stewart Welton Schoch was the second son of Pennsylvania natives, Paul Edward Schoch, a chauffeur, and Gertrude Lydia (Stewart) Schoch. Stewart was single when he enlisted in the US Army Air Corps on 19 Apr 1943. He served as the Waist Gunner on the B-17G "Miss Lace," 44-6140, which encountered heavy flak over the target, the Brabag Synthetic Oil Plant just northeast of Zeitz, Germany, on 30 Nov 1944. After a close flak explosion, the plane lost its right wing, went into a steep dive, was ablaze, and broke into two sections: the tail/waist section, which landed near the town limits of Threna, Germany and the nose section, which crashed into District 7 of the Oberholz Forest near Großpösna, Germany. Schoch's ID tag and remains were recovered at the tail/waist section crash site near Threna and buried in an individual grave in that village's cemetery.

In late June 1945, the US Army exhumed his remains, established his identity from military dental records and his military identification tag, and re-interred the remains in the Lorraine American Cemetery, St Avold de la Moselle, France. His family placed a commemorative headstone for him at the Troutville United Church of Christ Cemetery, Troutville, PA.

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People

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    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
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  • Charles Bowles

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
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  • Eugene Bush

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
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  • Chester Durham

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Nose Gunner / Enlisted | 379th Bomb Group
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  • Shirley Griffith

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shirley Clare Griffith was the son of Michigan natives, Carl W and Ethel Griffith. He attended Washington Gardner High School in Albion, MI. He enlisted in the Michigan State National Guard on 25 Sep 1940. He was inducted into the US Army on 24 Feb...

  • Howard Mertens

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Howard 'Howie' Griffith Mertens was the second son and youngest child born to native Californians, Ferdinand C Mertens and Margaret Mary (Griffith) Mertens, but his paternal grandparents were German immigrants. Howie graduated from Mission High School...

  • Gilbert Schlesinger

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Gilbert 'Gil' Jerome Schlesinger was the second son and youngest child of Samuel M and Celia Schlesinger, who practiced the Jewish faith. Gil never married and produced no known heirs. ...

  • Theodore Zivanidis

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group
    Theodore 'Ted' Zivanidis was the eldest of three children born to Greek immigrants, Athanasious 'Thanos or Thomas' Zivanidis and Elizabeth (Krettecos) Zivanidis. Ted's father and his maternal uncle, James Krettecos co-owned and operated an Altoona, PA,...

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Units served with

  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 379th Bomb Group (H) (heavy), based at Kimbolton, flew more sorties than any other Bomb Group in the Eighth Air Force and dropped a greater bomb tonnage than any other Group. The B-17 Flying Fortress Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit...

  • 527th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 44-6140 Miss Lace

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa, OK 5/14/44; Kearney, NE 5/24/44; Dow Field, Bangor, ME 1/6/44; Assigned 527BS/379BG Kimbolton, England 10/6/44; Missing in Action northeast of Zeitz, Germany on 11/30/44 with 8 crew Killed in Action: 1st Lt Gilbert J Schlesinger, Pilot...

Events

Event Location Date
Born DuBois, PA, USA 9 August 1924
Buried Threna, 04683 Belgershain, Germany November 1944
Killed in Action (KIA) Threna, Germany 30 November 1944
Re-interment Lorraine, France

Saint-Avold Department de la Moselle, Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial, Headstone Block A, Row 25, Grave 40.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
02 March 2017 20:58:26 lorelei1026 Changes to middlename, biography, awards, events and person associations
Sources

Individual Deceased Personnel File for Stewart W Schoch; Missing Aircrew Report #11126; German "Report of Downed Enemy Aircraft, KU 3401"; ancestry.com research of Janine Hunter, Reagan, TN.

Date Contributor Update
04 February 2016 17:18:29 lorelei1026 Changes to surname, service number, biography and events
Sources

Missing Air Crew Report 11126. Individual Deceased Personnel File.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:25:28 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 11126 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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