The Men and Women of Hamilton County, Texas in WWII: Charles Zschiesche

Zschiesche, Charles Erwin (38134584). Born 17 Nov 1920 in Pottsville, TX. Son of Tracie M. Zschiesche. Entered the Army 18 Jul 1942. Killed in Action 8 Oct 1943.

579th Bomb Squadron, 392nd Bomb Group (H), 8th AF. (RAF) Wendling Air Field, England.

Photo: A formation of B-24th of the 579th BS.

Last mission of “Exterminator” 8 Oct 1943, submarine and shipbuilding yards at Vegesack, Germany.

Clifford, William Wallace (O-678174). Born 7 Sep 1917 in Louisville, KY. Son of Frank Ludwig and Agnes Jane (Offutt) Clifford. Graduate of St. Xavier High School 1935. Entered AAC 8 Sep 1941. Advanced Flight training at Pampa, TX. Killed in Action 9 Oct 1943. Position on aircraft, Pilot.

The Courier-Journal (Louisville, Kentucky) 8 Oct 2003.

Schroeder, Harold Ray (O-677891). Born 11 Apr 1920 in Kansas City. MO. Son of Herman A and Beulah B (Spealman) Schroeder. Married Fern Claybrook 4 Oct 1942 in San Antonio, TX. Entered AAC 7 Apr 1942. Basic flight training at Kelly Field, TX. Position on aircraft, Copilot. Awards include the Air Medal and Purple Heart.

Jefferson City Post-Tribune (Jefferson City, Missouri) 22 April 1943.

Whitnah, Joseph Chester Jr (O-735007). Born 29 Apr 1918 in Berkeley, CA. Son of Joseph C. and Beatrice A. (McCall) Whitnah. Entered AAC 2 Mar 1942 at Moffet Field CA. Position on aircraft, Bombardier. Killed in Action 8 Oct 1943.

2nd LT. McLamore, Paul Laverne (O-801187). Born 12 Apr 1919 in Salem, IN. Son of Mansford and Jeanette M. (Sullivan) McLemore. Graduated from Salem High School in 1938. Entered Army 12 May 1941. Position on aircraft, Navigator . Awards include the Air Medal and Purple Heart. Killed in Action 8 Oct 1943.

Tech/SGT. Tynes, David Dexter Jr (15086916). Born 20 May 1918 in Bluefield, WV. Son of David Dexter and Nancy Ann “Annie” (Hoilman) Tynes. Entered Army 17 Dec 1941 at Fort Thomas, KY. Position on aircraft, Ball Turret Gunner. Awards include the Air Medal and Purple Heart. Killed in Action 8 Oct 1943.

Cavell, Dominick F (32433382). Entered Army 20 Aug 1942 at New York. Position on aircraft, Right Waist Gunner. Awards include the Air Medal and Purple Heart. Killed in Action 8 Oct 1943.

Staff Sergeant Tweten, Ernest Ames (37301968). Born 31 Jul 1920 in North Dakota. Son of Melvin and Sarah Josephine (Hagen) Tweten. Attended the Benson County Agricultural School. Entered Army 1 Sep 1942. Overseas August 1943. Position on aircraft, Tail Gunner. Awards include the Air Medal and Purple Heart. Killed in Action 8 Oct 1943.

Stevens, Hirschall M (35423747). Born 1925. Son of Jesse Welker and Anna Louisa  (Post) Stevens. Mother died 25 Feb 1940. Married Gwendolyn Mckinney 5 Sep 1942. Entered Army 3 Nov 1942. Position on aircraft, Left Waist Gunner.

Willhite, Max Ralph (37214580). Born 28 Nov 1919 in Coyville, KS. Son of Ralph O. and Alta (Puckett) Willhite of Fredonia, KS.