SCHOTTER, CHARLES L., Staff Sergeant, # 32878894, USAAF
Charles L. Schotter was born on 3 September 1924 in New York, New York, to Max Schotter (1888-1942) (Huslatyn, Austria – naturalized) and Elka “Elsie” (Anik) Schotter (1895-1972) (married 14 June 1914, Manhattan, NY). Siblings were Mildred Schotter (1916-1992), Maurice Schotter (1917-1971), Bernard Schotter (1918-1977), Richard Schotter (1930-2004), and Esther (Schotter) Balch (1932- ).
He enlisted in the USAAF in New York on 31 March 1943. He was trained to maintain and operate the radio equipment on the B-24 Liberator. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas to India in January 1945. On 29 July 1945 a B-24L, # 44-44445, assigned to 14th Air Force, 308th Bomb Group, 375th Bomb Squadron, Hsinching, China, departed the airfield on a gas haul mission to Rupsi, India, through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump). There was no radio contact with the B-24 after departure. The B-24 Liberator, unlike its variant, the C-87 Express Liberator, carried a load of fuel for transportation to China; a very dangerous cargo. The aircraft crashed enroute and the crew was killed. After recovery, the remains of the crew (indistinguishable) Burrell, Greer, Schmierer, and Schotter, were buried in a group ceremony in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, Missouri, on 1 September 1949 (Sec. 82, Grave 76). He was awarded the Air Medal.
His brother, Bernard Schotter, born 13 August 1918, served from 31 December 1942 to 8 January 1946. He died 20 July 1977.