42-60950

 

On 10 April 1945 a C-46A Commando, assigned to 10th Air Force, 1337th AAF Base Unit, departed the airfield at Sookerating, India, on a cargo mission to Chanyi, China, through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump). Last contact was by radio at about 2305 IST. The crew was:

                                             Pilot                             1stLt William R. Mundt                       0-751407

                                             Co-Pilot                       FO Earl F. Trieschmann                      T-193575

                                             Radio Operator            PFC John E. Ahrendtsen                     32567751

The next-of-kin listed were:

                                          Mundt              Arlene E. Mundt, W, 137 Glenwood Ave, Jersey City, NJ

                                          Trieschmann    Frederick Trieschmann, F, 901 Minnesota Ave., South Milwaukee, Wisc.

                                          Ahrendtsen      Harriette Ahrendtsen, M, 32 Montose Ave., Verona, NJ

MUNDT, WILLIAM R., First Lieutenant, # 0-751407, USAAF

 

William R. Mundt was born in 1915 in New Jersey to William Mortimer Mundt (1890-1948) (NY) and Veronica (Follis) Mundt (1893-1971) (NY). Sibling was Gloria C. (Mundt) Hamill (1926-    ). He was married to Arlene E. (Feeney) Mundt in 1942 in New Jersey.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Trenton, New Jersey, on 15 July 1941. After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction through advanced schools and was multi-engine rated. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 10 April 1945 a Curtiss C-46A Commando, assigned to 10th Air Force, 1337th AAF Base Unit, departed the airfield at Sookerating, India, on a cargo mission to Chanyi, China, through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump). Last contact was by radio at about 2305 IST. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal.

TRIESCHMANN, EARL F., Flight Officer, # T-193575, USAAF

 

Earl F. Trieschmann was born in 1913 in Wisconsin to Frederick Trieschmann (1882-1977) and Anna (Millens) Trieschmann (1885-1972) (married 22 February 1902, Milwaukee, Wisconsin). Siblings were George Harry Trieschmann (22 June 1902-1939) whose wife was Dagmar Olivia (Pedersen) Trieschmann (24 April 1904-    ) (widowed in 1940 census – 1945 at 822 Hillside Drv, Racine, Wisc.). In 1942 the family resided at 901 Minnesota Ave., South Milwaukee, Milwaukee Co., Wisconsin. He graduated from South Milwaukee High School.

 

After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction through advanced schools and was multi-engine rated. He earned his appointment as a Flight Officer and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 10 April 1945 a Curtiss C-46A Commando, assigned to 10th Air Force, 1337th AAF Base Unit, departed the airfield at Sookerating, India, on a cargo mission to Chanyi, China, through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump). Last contact was by radio at about 2305 IST. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal.