BISCHOFF, ARTHUR A., Sergeant, # 36327553, U.S. Army
Arthur A. Bischoff was born on 18 August 1906 in Germany to Frederick John Bischoff (1850-1923) and Augusta (Dummer) Bischoff (1862-1930), both born in Germany, naturalized, immigrated in 1866 (married 17 December 1884 in Holcomb, Ogle Co., IL). Siblings included Emma Bischoff (1887-1909), Otto Bischoff (1888-1893), Albert Bischoff (1892-1893), Bertha Henrietta Freidareka Bischoff (1893-1985), Paul Anton Bischoff (1895-1989), Ella Bischoff (1897-1972), Marie (Bischoff) Schumacher (1899-1919), Louise E. (Bischoff) Poliska (1901-1960), and Anna Ulricka Bischoff (1904-1992). In 1920, living with them was an uncle (father’s brother), Martin Bischoff (1871- ) and a niece, Martha Lawrence (1909- ). The family placed a memorial marker to him in the Big Mound Cemetery, Davis Junction, Ogle Co., Illinois.
On 25 January 1944, a B-24D, # 41-23889 (converted to ferry passengers and cargo – Sgt Bischoff was a passenger), departed Chabua, India, at 7:40 a.m., to fly to Kunming, China. At 10:45 a.m., over the Himalayas, the formation of five B-24Ds “was forced to break up due to extreme instrument weather conditions.” All five aircraft crashed. B-24D, # 41-23889, near Jorhat, India. Crews parachuted from two and a third, which crashed, had two survivors. The fourth and fifth, “Hot as Hell” and “Haley’s Comet,” disappeared, the crews presumed dead (Tara Copp, Stars & Stripes, 8 Apr 2016). The B-24D flown by Captain Rosser was last contacted by radio at about 1200 hours. The Chabua field had zero visibility. A group burial was held 10 November 1949 in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, Missouri.