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Jon Rudolf Schueler


Schueler was an original member of the 303rd Bomb Group, arriving in the UK with the unit in November 1942. He completed 8 combat missions, all with Captain Billy Southworth flying as pilot. Schueler was grounded on 16 February 1943 and hospitalised for emotional distress- he was medically discharged in February 1944.

On his return to the US Schueler moved to Los Angeles where he attempted to write a book about his experiences during the war. After attending a weekly painting class from 1945, Schueler signed up for the California School of Fine Arts under the GI Bill in 1948, where he studied under the Abstract Expressionist painter Clyfford Still.

Schueler held his first solo exhibition in New York in 1954, and in 1957 set up a studio in Mallaig, Scotland. He became a renowned Abstract Expressionist painter, Schueler's works are held in many major museums across the world.



  • William Southworth

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    William Brooks 'Billy' Southworth Jr was son of Major League baseball player and manager Billy Southworth. Over three seasons from 1938-1940 Southworth enjoyed a successful career as an international league baseball player and was in 1939 honoured as...

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Units served with

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...

  • 427th Bomb Squadron


  • 41-24587 Bad Check

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-P] Bangor 5/10/42; Molesworth 25/10/42; Missing in Action 45m Oschersleben 11/1/44 with George McClellan, Co-pilot: Bill Fisher, ex B-26 pilot on his 1st mission, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Dave Tempesta, Radio Operator...

  • 41-24619 S-for-Sugar

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-S] Bangor 5-Oct-42; Molesworth 25-Oct-42; 52m Missing in Action Oschersleben 11-Jan- 44 with Tom Simmons, Co-pilot: Fred Reichel, Navigator: Bill Clyatt, Bombardier: Dick Vaughan, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Wallace...

  • 42-2966

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-U] Bangor 16/9/42; Molesworth 28/10/42; 1 CCRC Bovingdon 4/7/43 as trainer. Salvaged in the UK after the war, date not recorded.

Associated Place

  • Molesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Molesworth was one of the early stations used by the Eighth Air Force in the UK, first occupied by the 15th Bomb Squadron’s Douglas Bostons in June 1942. Built in 1940 and extended and improved in 1942, Molesworth is most associated with the 303rd...


Event Location Date
Born Milwaukee County, WI, USA 12 September 1916

Son of George Arnold and Clara [Haase] Schueler.

Enlisted Milwaukee, WI, USA 9 October 1941
Based Molesworth November 1942 – 16 February 1943

Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF.

Medically discharged 12 February 1944
Lived in Los Angeles, CA, USA 1945
Lived in San Francisco, CA, USA 1947
Died New York, NY, USA 5 August 1992


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14 December 2021 11:15:28 Emily Changes to middlename, biography, events and aircraft associations

Official Website, 303rd Bomb Group, National Galleries of Scotland

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19 September 2017 14:22:06 Al_Skiff Changes to media associations

Roger Freeman Photo.

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09 March 2017 15:25:07 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and media associations