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Admin/Biog History John E. Elbert was the pastor at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church located at the south east corner of Bowen and School. His wife's name was Ella J. Elbert.
John E. Schilling was born July 10, 1925, the son of Edward A. Schilling of Oshkosh, WI. He attended Trinity Lutheran School and graduated from Oshkosh High School in June 1943. He was drafted and assigned to the Army Air Force on February 23, 1944. He trained a a nose gunner on B-24 "Liberator" Bombers. He was assigned to the 8th Army Air Force in England in December 1944. After having flown ten bombing missions he was awarded the Air Medal. He was reported as missing in action over Germany on March 3, 1945. He was officially declared killed in action on July 6, 1945. Reverend Elbert conducted the memorial services on July 15, 1945.
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Collection John E. Elbert
Dates of Accumulation 1944
Abstract Letter from Private John E. Schilling, training with the Army Air Force, to Reverend John E. Elbert.

Aug. 23/44

Rev. Elbert

I got your wonderful letter yesterday. I sure was glad to hear from you. It sure is beautiful up here in Wash. but it's very cool & cold at night.

I'll be here for quite a while. We are flying practice bombing missions. I made two night missions since I've been here, 5 hrs. each mission, & it really gets cold up there. This sure is a wonderful Air Field. They have 2 base chapels here; The people in Walla Walla sure are wonderful to us & it really is a beautiful little city, 23,000 pop.

I'm praying regularly, & I know God will protect me. Thank Mrs. Negedank for her wonderful letter. I haven't much time to write as I did before, these Liberator bombers that I fly in keep me really busy. Well I'll close now. May God guard & keep you till all of our boys get back home then add 100 years.

Your Sincere Friend,
John Schilling
P.S. That's really quite a nephew I've got. I just can't wait to see him, & I'm his sponsor. I sure wish I could be home for it.
Event World War II
Category 8: Communication Artifact
Legal Status Oshkosh Public Museum
Object ID RG72.10.1
Object Name Letter
People Elbert, John E.
Schilling, John E.
Subjects World War II
United States Army Air Force
European Theater of Operations
Title Letter
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