DETZEL, JAMES F., Second Lieutenant, # 0-699400, USAAF
James F. Detzel was born 16 May 1924 in Cleveland, Ohio, to Carl D. Detzel (1898-1956) and Catherine Marie (Foust) Detzel (1900-1981) (married 19 August 1922). He had a sister, Jean Eris Detzel (1933- ). His father was a commercial artist. In 1942, the family lived at 12802 Thornhurst Ave, Cleveland, Ohio.
He completed flight school and advanced flight school and was rated on the four-engine B-24. On 24 June 1944, a B-24J, # 42-73324, of the 374th Bomb Squadron, departed Chengkung, China, on a mission to bomb Hankow, China. The aircraft was missing; reason unknown. He is remembered on the Manila American Cemetery, Fort William McKinley, Philippines. A memorial marker is in the Arlington National Cemetery.
His father served in WW I. He enlisted on 12 May 1917 at Camp Perry, Ohio, (service # 1539361) and served in the Ohio National Guard, 112th Field Signal Battalion, Company B, PFC September 1917, Corporal, 1 November 1918. He was involved in the Ypres-Lys; Meuse-Argonne, battles and served with the American Expeditionary Force from 23 June 1918 through 25 March 1919, to be honorably discharged 12 April 1919.
STRAUCH, WILLIAM H., Second Lieutenant, # 0-759828, USAAF
William H. Strauch was born 7 August 1915 in Pine Grove, Schuykill County, Pennsylvania, to Elvin William Strauch (1892-1985) and Annie E. (Rehrer) Strauch (1893-1979). In 1920-1930 the family lived in Schuykill, PA, where his father worked as a coal miner. He was married to Dorothy K. Strauch, who in 142 lived at 39 Peralta Ave, Los Gatos, Santa Clara County, California. In 1950 his parents lived at 16 East Pottsville St., Pine Grove, Pennsylvania.
He entered the U.S. Army on 2 January 1936 at Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. He served as an enlisted serviceman for several years and then applied for flight school and a commission. He was selected for Officer Cadet School and was trained as a navigator on the B-24 Liberator. On 24 June 1944, a B-24J, # 42-73324, of the 374th Bomb Squadron, departed Chengkung, China, on a mission to bomb Hankow, China. The aircraft was missing; reason unknown. He is remembered on the Manila American Cemetery, Fort William McKinley, Philippines. The family included him on the monument to the parents in the Saint John’s Lutheran Cemetery, Pine Grove, Pennsylvania. Image next page.