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William E Scharbach


William Scharbach was born in Slippery Rock, PA on April 11, 1923, to Floyd and Elsie Jenkins Scharbach. He served as a member of the U.S. Army Air Corps with distinction in World War II as a flight navigator on Mosquito aircraft.
Bill married Mary Lucille Brooks, who preceded him in death on Oct. 15, 2016. He worked at General Electric in Cleveland, OH, for 21 years until his retirement in 1983 at the age of 60. Bill and Lucille then moved to Fairfield Glade, TN, where he enjoyed playing golf. Above all, Bill loved spending time with his family. Bill passed away on May 19, 2019, at Port Clinton, OH, after a full life. Bill was laid to rest at the Slippery Rock Cemetery alongside his wife, Lucille.


Units served with

  • 25th Bomb Group

    25th Bomb Group

    The 25th Bombardment Group (Reconnaissance) was constituted in the days after D-Day and activated in England in August 1944 to carry out photographic and mapping missions over mainland Europe as the Allied armies pushed east. The Group were designated...

  • 653rd Bomb Squadron


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07 June 2019 14:25:26 Changes to middlename and biography

William Scharbach’s information was provided by his grandson, Matthew Bar, with the help of his youngest daughter, Margaret Bar.

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01 December 2018 21:35:22 Emily Changes to biography

Removed source information added by Wattonman from biography

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01 December 2018 04:02:22 Wattonman Changes to biography

Norman Malayney, "The 25th Bomb Group (Rcn) in WWII" Schiffer Publications Ltd. 2011.

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Aerial Intelligence for the 8th Air Force, pg 53, 56-57 (photos) / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia