Sgt. William E. Schwartz
19, 1912. Schwartz manned the left waist
gun, and also the bendix remote gun turret. Age
thirty in 1942, everyone called him "Pappy".
He survived the war. Passed away September
29, 1970 in Illinois. All photos via Diane
"I know that after [the February 23rd mission], he was sent home and stationed
in El Paso, Texas or a base close to there, and that's where my sister was born
in Aug of 1945. I knew he went down and walked out of the swamp with the help
of the natives in PNG. I remember looking at his silver star and the bars
for his Pacific tour of duty. I lived in Australia for 3 1/2 years but
never got to Townsville. My dad died in 1970 from a blood clot and heart
attack. I was in college at the time, and my sister was having her second child
in Florida. Dad didn't talk too much about the war and he didn't go to any reunion,
but he had some friends from his base in Texas. I think if dad was alive, he
would have liked to your website about his B-17."