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Admin/Biog History Robert F. Rhyner was the son of C. E. Rhyner of rural Oshkosh. He was inducted into military service in April 1943. He trained as a waist gunner on B-17 "Flying Fortress" Bombers and was sent overseas September 1944 and assigned to the 8th Air Force in England. He had flown on several missions before he was reported as missing in action over Germany on November 2, 1944 and reported as a prisoner of war on December 16, 1944.
Classification Archives
Collection Winnebago County Historical Commission
Dates of Accumulation 1944
Abstract Telegram concerning Staff Sergeant Robert F. Rhyner, 8th Army Air Force, to his mother Esther B. Rhyner.

Western Union Telegram
Nov. 16, 1944
Mrs. Esther B. Rhyner

The Secretary of War desires me to express his deep regret that your son Staff Sergeant Robert F. Rhyner has been reported missing in action since two Nov. over Germany if further details or other information are received you will be promptly notified.
Event World War II
Category 8: Communication Artifact
Legal Status Oshkosh Public Museum
Object ID RG71.7.2
Object Name Telegram
People Rhyner, Robert F.
Subjects World War II
United States Army Air Force
Prisoners of war
European Theater of Operations
Title Telegram
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