His father Charles Findholt, born 5 November 1892, served in the U.S. Army, Private, 15th Tank Battalion, Co. C, during WWI. He died 23 March 1972 and is buried in the Kensico Cemetery, Valhalla, Westchester Co., New York.

 

His brother, Charles F. Burrell (Charles Ole Findholt), born 1914, served in the U.S. Navy during WWII and was a casualty. He served on the U.S.S. Jarvis (DD-393), Seaman 2nd Class, # 3936085, from 18 November 1941, during 1942.

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.