SCHULTZ, ROSCOE ERNEST, First Lieutenant, # 0-0766759, USAAF

 

Roscoe E. Schultz was born on 16 June 1921 in Lac qui Parie, Minnesota to Ernest C. Schultz (1899-1983) and Mabel A. Schultz (1898-1982). He was married to Janet J. Schultz, 1120 Hague Ave, Saint Paul, Minnesota.

 

He registered for the WW II draft on 16 February 1942, resided at 1829 University Ave., Minneapolis, Minnesota, and described himself as 6’ 1 ½”, 165 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. After enlisting in the USAAF, he was trained as a bombardier for the B-29 Superfortress. He was sent overseas to India. On 28 November 1944, a B-29, # 42-24706, “Windy City II,” assigned to 20th Air Force, 468th Bomb Group, 794th Bomb Squadron (of which Lt.Col. Hennin was Commander), departed the airfield at Kharagpur, India, on a training flight over Halliday Island and return. The # 3 engine was losing power, then caught fire. The Kidde system (fire surpression) was activated and the fire was under control. The electrical system was deactivated. SSgt Metzger was sent to turn on the “putt-putt” (small generator) and did so. As it was activated, the entire right wing exploded. King, Salisbury, Metzger, Dilioway, Davis and Vavra bailed out and saw the B-29 roll over twice as it went down. He is remembered on the memorial wall of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. A memorial was placed in the Sunset Memorial Cemetery, Montevideo, Minnesota (Blk 250, Lot 1, Site W 1/2). He was awarded the Air Medal.

 

His father, born 17 December 1899, served in the U.S. Army during WWI from 4 June 1918 to 21 January 1919. He died 9 April 1983 and is buried in the Sunset Memorial Cemetery, Montevideo, Chippewa Co., Minnesota.

KOWALSKY, MICHAEL, First Lieutenant, # 0-549548, USAAF

 

Michael Kowalsky was born on 4 May 1918 in Pleasant Mount, Wayne Co., Pennsylvania, to Joachim “Akym” Kowalsky (1883-1956) and Glafira (Silich) Kowalsky (1890-1968). Siblings included Anna (Kowalsky) Urda (1907-1971), Theodore Kowalsky (1910-1991), John Kowalsky (1912-1988), Marian (Kowalsky) Lazorchak (1914-1980) and Olga (Kowalsky) Gavazzi (1916-2004), Esther Kowalsky (1920-2011), Patricia Kowalsky (1927-1979) and another sister and brother..

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in New York, New York, on 28 July 1941. He was trained as a flight engineer for the B-29 Superfortress, and his responsibility was supervising the maintenance of the mechanical and electrical parts of the B-29. During flight, he had an array of sensors, dials, and switches to monitor to best maintain flight. He earned his commission and wings. He was sent overseas to India on 13 April 1944. On 28 November 1944, a B-29, # 42-24706, “Windy City II,” assigned to 20th Air Force, 468th Bomb Group, 794th Bomb Squadron (of which Lt.Col. Hennin was Commander), departed the airfield at Kharagpur, India, on a training flight over Halliday Island and return.

Roscoe E. Schultz