KRAUTWALD, WILLIAM FRED, Technical Sergeant, # 36050760, USAAF
William F. “Bill” Krautwald was born 26 March 1917, in Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois to August C. Krautwald (1886- ) and Emma Krautwald (1889- ). He had four siblings, August F. Krautwald (1918- ), Henry Krautwald, Emma (Krautwald) Bukinawch, Augusta Krautwald. He was married to Martha Ruth Tap and had a son, William Fred Krautwald Jr. He graduated from Manual Training High School, Peoria, Illinois. There, he played football, was on the German Club, Glee Club, ran Track, and was in the Senior Boys’ Club; known as “Krautie.” Known to be, “As large as life, and twice as natural.” He attended the University of Alabama and was a sophomore when he enlisted.
He enlisted 10 March 1941 in Peoria, Illinois. After training, he was sent overseas. In 1944, he was on detached duty to the Office of Strategic Services (O.S.S.), Detachment 11, in India and Burma. He registered for the WW II draft 16 October 1940 while residing in Van Nuys, California, and employed by Pathe Labratories. He described himself as 6’, 182 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. On 18 January 1944, a C-47A troop carrier, 42-100696, assigned to the 2nd Troop Carrier Squadron, 443rd Troop Carrier Group, departed Dinjan, India, on a food packet drop mission to Burma. It was last contacted at 1137 hours by radio. It was shot down by enemy fighters in Burma. All aboard were killed in action. He was awarded the Purple Heart medal. His remains were recovered by Graves Registration and returned to the U.S. from Barrackpore, India. He was buried in Arlington National Cemetery, Section 12, Site 286, on 10 July 1950.