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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.

Oct. 3/44
Dear Rev:

Rev. Elbert I don't know how to tell you or explain it but I'll try. Last Friday Evening we were to go on a navigation flight, & our pilot said it was no use of taking us 4 gunners along, so he said we should go to the football game & they'ed see us in the morning. Rev. we never saw them again & never will. They crashed into Mt. Rainer & killed all six of them, Rev. I feel so bad about, I prayed & prayed for God to protect us all, but God knows best, he wanted them. Rev. Elbert, say a prayer for their loved ones. They were the finest fellows I ever knew. I went to church Sunday & said a prayer for the ones who loved them & for God to protect us remaining four of one of the finest Crews the Air Force had. Rev. I'll close now, & keep on praying for us, & I know you will,

Your Friend.
Event World War II
Category 8: Communication Artifact
Legal Status Oshkosh Public Museum
Object ID RG72.10.3
Object Name Letter
People Elbert, John E.
Schilling, John E.
Subjects World War II
United States Army Air Force
European Theater of Operations
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