||Jack O. Rhyner was the son of Walter H. and Nettie M. Rhyner. He graduated from Oshkosh High School in 1940 and attended the Oshkosh State Teachers College for two years. He enlisted in the US Army Air Force in January 1, 1941. He trained at Freeman Field, IN and became a pilot on B-17 "Flying Fortress" Bombers. He was flying his fifth bombing mission out of England when he was listed as missing in action on January 29, 1944 over Germany. His B-17 had been shot down on the return trip and he parachuted to safety. His only injury was a twisted ankle. For seven months he was assisted by the French underground and evaded capture. In September 1944 his parents received news that he was in England and on his way back to the US. He was still listed in the US Army in the 1946 Oshkosh City Directory.
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||Letter from Lieutant Jack O. Rhyner to his parents, Walter H. and Nettie M. Rhyner.
Lt. Jack O. Rhyner
525 Sqd. 379 Gp.
C/o Postmaster NY, NY
Dear mom & dad:
Got two letters from you in the last two days. One was from Nov. 8 and the other from Dec. 27. Also got your cablegram today.
Glad to hear everyone at home is well. Keep on taking care of yourselves. You always tell me to take care of myself, but don't worry about me. I will and I'm O.K. everything is going all right by me.
Was at London once since I've been here. It really is a place to see. Went thur Westminster Abby. It really is quite a sight. Also saw some of the places that were bombed. It seemed rather cruel. But all in all it was a good time.
Sorry to hear about Corky having the chicken pox but it's better if he has those kid troubles before he gets older. It's too bad if he has to miss school but it would be worse if he missed school when he gets farther along.
I'll see how I stand financially before I send that money home. I may need it. If I don't, however, I'll send it back and you can put it in the bank or use it as you see fit. What does the account read now. Maybe I'll have enough to get married sometime.
Signing off for now. Be good and keep the letters coming.
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||8: Communication Artifact
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||Rhyner, Jack O.
||World War II
United States Army Air Force
European Theater of Operations
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