FISCHER, CARL KNIEBUSH, Corporal, # 36362418, USAAF
Carl K. Fischer was born on 2 August 1921 in Yates Center, Woodson Co., Kansas, to Henry Anthony Frederick Fischer (1878-1975) and Elizabeth Clara (Fairbert) Fischer (1888-1926) (married 26 November 1908, Beloit, Wisconsin). Siblings were Louis Henry Fischer (1910-1979), Allen Edwin Fischer (1912-1989), Henry Lawrence Fischer (1914-1999), Mildred Elizabeth (Fischer) Creedy (1916-1986), John Dwitt Fischer (1918-1991). Wesley Royden Fischer (1920-1963), and Warren Maxwell Fischer (1923-2010).
He registered for the WWII draft on 16 February 1942, resided at 1502 Shirland Ave., South Beloit, Winnebago Co., IL, and described himself as 6’1 ½”, 190 lbs, with brown hair and eyes. He noted that he had a scar on his forehead and another on his right cheek. He enlisted in the USAAF in Chicago, Illinois, on 7 August 1942. He was trained in the methods to impel supplies from a cargo aircraft to ground troops. He was sent overseas to India. On 7 January 1945 a C-47A, “Princess Jeannie,” # 43-15370, assigned 10th Air Force, 443rd Troop Carrier Group, 2nd Troop Carrier Squadron, Shingbwiyang, Burma, departed the airfield on a combat air supply mission to “694.” It was monsoon season and visibility was poor. It was last contacted by radio when near 50° course 25 miles from Myitkyina, 25° 37’ North & 97° 40’ East. The C-47 crashed and the crew was killed. 10th AF Jungle Rescue Unit, 1333rd AAF Base Unit were notified after contact was lost. The MACR file includes 2 map pages. After recovery, the indistinguishable remains of crewmen Collier, Fry, Lowery, Fischer, Kuhn and Stribling, were buried in a group ceremony in the Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, on 16 August 1949 (Sec. 34, Grave 4972-4973).
His brother, Louis H. Fischer, born 5 August 1910, served during WWII from 29 June 1943 to 11 October 1945. He died 26 February 1979 and is buried in the Eastlawn Cemetery, Beloit, Rock Co., Wisconsin.
His brother, Henry L. Fischer, born 18 October 1914, served in the U.S. Army from 9 April 1941. He died 1999 and is buried in the East Richmond Cemetery, Richmond, Walworth Co., Wisconsin.
His brother, John D. Fischer, born 2 July 1914, served in the U.S. Army from 30 October 1941 to 23 November 1945. He died 26 March 1991.