SCHROEDER, PAUL EDWARD, Staff Sergeant, # 15069348, USAAF
Paul E. Schroeder was born on 14 June 1922 in Ohio to Fred Austin Schroeder (1876-1939) and Anna M. (Steinmann) Schroeder (1880-1953). Siblings included Mildred Viola Schroeder (1905-1905), Clarence S. Schroeder (1906-1952). Thelma (Schroeder) Detter (1908-1986), Victor Frederick Schroeder (1911-1993), and Marian E. (Schroeder) Wrightsman (1917-1994). Living with the family in 1930-1940 was a maternal aunt, Elizabeth M. Steinmann (1871- ). Living with them in 1940 was a maternal uncle, Jaco Steinmann (1869- ).
He enlisted in the USAAF at Fort Hayes, Columbus, Ohio, on 25 July 1941. He was trained to maintain and monitor the mechanical systems (crew chief/engineer) on the B-24 Liberator. He earned his crewman wings. He was transferred through India to China. On 15 January 1944 a B-24J, # 42-73252, assigned to 14th Air Force, 308th Bomb Group, 373rd Bomb Squadron, Yangki, China, departed the airfield at Kweilin, China, on a sea search mission. It crashed and all on board were killed. A memorial marker was placed in the Locust Grove Cemetery, Ridgeville Corners, Henry Co., Ohio. It appears that his remains were not recovered thus he should be remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines.
ABELSON, JOEL (NMI), Staff Sergeant, # 32410973, USAAF
Joel Abelson was born on 29 February 1920 to Isadore Abelson (1895-1977) (GA) and Anna (Magid) Abelson (1903-1998) (Latvia) (married in 1919, NJ). Siblings included Shirley (Abelson) Heimerdinger (1922- ) and Evelyn (Abelson) Nottenburg (1929- ). In 1949, his mother resided at 2425 Mermaid Ave., Brooklyn, New York, New York. He was recorded as a missing Jewish serviceman by his mother.
He enlisted in the USAAF at Fort Jay, Governor’s Island, New York, on 22 July 1942. He was trained as an armorer and gunner, partly responsible for maintaining the function of the weapons on the B-24 Liberator (except bombs). He earned his crewman wings and was sent overseas through India to China. On 15 January 1944 a B-24J, # 42-73252, assigned to 14th Air Force, 308th Bomb Group, 373rd Bomb Squadron, Yangki, China, departed the airfield at Kweilin, China, on a sea search mission. It crashed and all on board were killed. After recovery, his remains were buried in the New Montefiore Cemetery, West Babylon, Suffolk Co., New York.