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Stewart Welton Schoch


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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Units served with

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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.


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

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

Missing Air Crew Report 11126. Individual Deceased Personnel File.

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

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