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Schmidt, Sgt. Frederick

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Sgt. Frederick Schmidt 
Born: 30 November 1924 – Maywood, Illinois 
Parents: Solomon Schmidt & Amalia Schneider-Schmidt 
Siblings: 2 sisters, 2 brothers 
Home: 
– 507 South Eleventh Avenue – Maywood, Illinois 
Education: 
– St. Paul Lutheran School – Melrose Park, Illinois 
– Proviso Township High School 
– Class of 1942 
Inducted: 
– U.S. Army Air Corps 
– March 1943 
Training: 
– Sheppard Army Airfield, Wichita Falls, Texas 
– Lincoln Army Airfield, Lincoln, Nebraska 
– waist gunner 
– Peterson Airfield, Colorado Springs, Colorado 
– combat crew training school 
– Liberator bomber 
Serial Number: 36739281 
Unit: 755th Bomb Squadron, 458th Bomb Group (Heavy), 8th Air Force 
Stationed: 
– 31 July 44 – Horsham St. Faith, England 
Plane: B-24 – “Chicago Shirl” 
– member of 1st Lt. Frank H. Morris’s crew – crew photo 
Engagements: 
– 1st Mission – 12 August 1944 
– airfield – Mourmelon, France 
– three bombing missions between 12 August 1944 to 25 August 1944 
– Last Mission – 25 August 1944 
– Dornier Aircraft Factory – Lubeck, Germany 
– Killed in Action: 
– 25 August 1944 
– his plane was hit by flak over Sylt, Germany 
– the plane stayed level for five minutes allowing crew members to bail out, but the plane blew up before Schmidt and two other crew members could bailout 
Buried: 
– 26 August 1944 – Cemetery Leck, Germany 
Reburied: 
– 14 June 1949 – Mount Auburn Cemetery – Stickney, Illinois 
Note: His brother, David, was also Killed in Action in 1944

 

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