The status of this crew is unknown. They were assigned to the 486th on 01/27/45, but are not known to have flown combat with the 486th. However, F/O Schwarz was involved in a taxi accident on 20 May 45. The following is known:
On 20 May 45, F/O Schwarz, F/O Ezold, F/O Unger, SGT Kieser, SGT Resau, and SGT Dunkelburger were conducting a "round robin" night celestial navigation training exercise involving several aircraft. The aircraft began landing about 0230 hours. Some of the taxiing aircraft were cautioned to slow down, which included F/O Schwarz, flying aircraft 43-37945. Shortly after the warning, the control tower personnel called away the crash units to the 835th hardstands when a flame erupted in that area. A/C 942 had left the taxi track and its left wing had hit aircraft #891 (Old Man's Folly). A/C 891 was on hardstand #9 and was facing the opposite direction. The contact caused 945 to spin around and hit the tail of 891 head on. Both aircraft were lost. (NARA via Roland Andrews).
|Name||Rank||Position||First Mission||Last Mission||Status|
|Robert I. Schwarz||F/O||Pilot|
|Wilfred J. Ezold||F/O||Copilot|
|Walter W. Unger||F/O||Navigator|
|William E. Rust||Bombardier|
|Leroy Kieser, Jr.||SGT||FE/Top|
|Robert J. Resau||SGT||RO/Waist|
|Robert E. Dunkelberger||SGT||Armorer/Gunner|
|Paul C. Forrester||Gunner|
|Merle I. Noyes||Gunner|
|Created 01/06/02||Modified 12/23/16|
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