SCHUETTE, RAYMOND CARL, First Lieutenant, # 0-746758, USAAF
Raymond C. Schuette was born on 14 April 1918 in New Ulm/Alice, Jim Wells Co., Texas, to William Julius Schuette (1890-1978) and Ema (Hoppe) Schuette (1890-1940). Siblings included Leona Catherine (Schuette) Wakehouse (1915-1979), Ester Louise (Schuette) Grueber (1916-2012), Judith Mae (Schuette) Palmer (1923-2012). He was married to Selma C. (Preesa) Schuette, who lived in Eddy, Texas, in 1945. Living with them in 1920 in Austin Co., Texas, were maternal aunt Louise Helen (Hoppe) Haverlah (1898-1982) and maternal uncle, Otto Hoppe (1903- )
He registered for the WWII draft on 16 October 1940, a student at Texas A&M, resided at RFD 1, Box 116, Alice, TX, and described himself as 5’7”, 140 lbs, with blond hair and blue eyes. After enlisting in the USAAF, he was trained as a navigator on the B-29 Superfortress, earned his commission and wings, and sent overseas to the China-Burma-India theater of war. On 1 February 1945 a B-29, “Calamity Jane,” # 42-24589, assigned to 20th Air Force, 40th Bomb Group, 25th Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Chakulia, India, on a combat bombing mission over Singapore. The B-29 was last seen by 1stLt Ralph S. Braley, 0-169921, to have been hit by enemy anti-aircraft fire, its # 3 engine was on fire, and it ditched southwest of Singapore. 1stLt Schuette was the navigator. Information was that the B-29 crashed near Mandai Village, 34 miles north of Singapore but this was a different crash, reported to have crashed 15 days before this B-29. Contact was made with these organizations to try to find those lost: U.S. War Crimes, Singapore; Air Jungle Rescue; Force 136 and ‘E’ Group; British Naval Intelligence; Japanese Army Liaison Officer; Japanese Naval Headquarters; British Military Administration; Singapore and Johore Bahru; Dutch Liaison Office and Resident of the Riouw Archipellage; Singapore Marine Police; employees of the English language newspaper printed in Johore during the Japanese occupation; Chinese Affairs Officer in Johore Bahru. None provided information. Except for 2 other B-29 crashes and personnel recovered from them, no other USAAF personnel were aided or evacuated by guerillas or Force 136. Those aboard are classified as missing in action. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. A memorial marker was placed in the Alice Cemetery, Alice, Jim Wells Co., Texas.