42-101219       MACR 14325

 

On 30 April 1945 a Curtiss C-46D Commando, # 42-101219, assigned to 10th Air Force, Combat Cargo Task Force, 4th Combat Cargo Group, 15th Combat Cargo Squadron, departed the airfield at Chittagong, India, on a combat cargo supply mission to Taungtha, Burma, during monsoon season. The crew was:

 

                                             Pilot                             1stLt Russell Frank Schroeder             0-709026

                                             Co-Pilot                       FO Clarence Leroy Cowman               T-7577

                                             Crew Chief                  Sgt Walter Paul Formigli                      34432874

                                             Radio Operator            Cpl Guy Lloyd Wingler                        42124163

The next-of-kin listed were:

                                                      Schroeder        Lydia S. Schroeder, M, Gillett, Wisc.

                                                      Cowman          Clarence L. Cowman, F, 712 Capitol St., Yankton, SD

                                                      Wingler            Mary Malissa Wingler, W, Landis, NC

                                                      Formigli           Josephine J. Formigli, W, 611 Waring Ave., New York, NY

SCHROEDER, RUSSELL FRANK, First Lieutenant, # 0-709026, USAAF

 

Russell F. Schroeder was born on 8 March 1920 in Gillett, Oconto Co., Wisconsin, to Albert Richard Schroeder (1886-1977) (Wisconsin) and Lydia (Seifert) Schroeder (1899-1991) (Germany). Siblings were Grace Mavis (Schroeder) Bauer (1923-2000) and Fay Emma Schroeder (1930-1974).

 

After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction through advanced school and was multi-engine rated to fly the Curtiss C-46 Commando. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 30 April 1945 a Curtiss C-46D Commando, # 42-101219, assigned to 10th Air Force, Combat Cargo Task Force, 4th Combat Cargo Group, 15th Combat Cargo Squadron, departed the airfield at Chittagong, India, on a combat cargo supply mission to Taungtha, Burma, during monsoon season. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. A memorial was placed in the Wanderers Rest Cemetery, Gillett, Oconto Co., Wisconsin. There was a recovery of crew remains and, indistinguishable, the remains were buried as a group (Schroeder, Formigli, Cowman, Wingler and three unknown) in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, Missouri, on 17 March 1950 (Sec. 82, Grave 38-D). The three unknown were likely so-called flight clerks, the “kickers” who impelled the supplies out of the C-46 cargo hatch as it made slow passes over the friendly ground troops.