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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.

Sept. 10, 1944

Rev. Elbert;

It's about time I'm writing to you again. It's a very beautiful Sunday out today. I couldn't make church this morning, we made a late flight last night & with flying & breathing oxygen it takes all the pep out of you. I'm at the U.S.O. in Walla Walla writing this letter, the people here treat all of us just perfect. It's the finest town I've been in since I've been in the Army.

I'm still flying the B-24 Liberator bombers & have the best crew in the world. They're all fine boys, I'm the youngest. So pray for us Rev. for all of us. And pray that we all soon can get home to our loved ones. Rev. Elbert, I wish sometime when you have a little spare time go & visit mother, she feels sorta lonesome, & she worries a lot about me, I know you can help her. I'd sure appreciate it a whole lot.

I pray every night, & always before a flight so God will guard & protect us. Well Rev. I'll close now, & pray for me & all the other boys,

May God Bless & keep you,
John Schilling
Event World War II
Category 8: Communication Artifact
Legal Status Oshkosh Public Museum
Object ID RG72.10.2
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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