Francis "Bill" Kierszh

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Collection Winnebago County Historical Commission
Copyright Oshkosh Public Museum
Description Gelatin print of Francis "Bill" Kierszh.
Year Range from 1942
Event World War II
Year range to 1943
Medium Photographic Paper
Notes Candid outdoor view of Staff Sergeant Francis "Bill" Kierszh. He is kneeling on on a runway and wearing a service uniform and holding his hat.
Francis "Bill" Kierszh was born in Oshkosh, WI March 2, 1921, the son of Stephen and Nettie Kierszh. His father died and his mother supported the family as a seamstress. He graduated from Oshkosh High School in 1939 He worked for Wisconsin Axle Corporation and entered military service September 12, 1942. He trained as a tail gunner on B-17 Bombers in Salina, Kansas. While returning from a bombing mission over Germany, his B-17 was seen to crash into the North Sea near Cromer, England on July 29, 1943. He was listed as missing in action and officially declared killed in action in August 1944.
Object ID P2005.20.68
Object Name Print, Photographic
People Kierszh, Francis "Bill"
Print size 5" x 7"
Subjects Portrait photographs
World War II
United States Army Air Force
European Theater of Operations
Title Francis "Bill" Kierszh
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