South Dakota, USA
|Death: ||Oct. 26, 1943|
THE EVENING HURONITE, HURON, S.D., THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 1943, PAGE TWO
SAYS JAPS LOSE TEN PLANES TO OUR ONE
CHICAGO, Nov. 26--The last letter from an American flier in China said that United States air fighters are shooting down 10 Jap planes to each American one lost and that "our safety record is astounding too."
Lt. Wayne Aberle wrote Oct. 24 to his wife, who disclosed the letter today:
"Our squadron has made more than 125 successful missions in a little over a year, terrorizing the Japs with untiring tactics and ingenious bombing accuracy. One day our B-24 squadron shot down over 40 Zeros...
"War is death, and regardless of how dull, dirty, or dangerous your work, death is always just around the corner..."
Lieutenant Aberle was killed in action Oct. 26.
I found additional information on the same article in an another newspaper published much later.
BIG SPRING HERALD, BIG SPRING, TEXAS, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 1944, PAGE THREE
That is one of the excerpts from one of the great letters of the war, written just two days before his death in action by a young graduate from Big Spring Bombardier school with class 43-3 on Feb. 18, 1943. He was a bombardier-navigator on a B-25 and participated in successful missions against Jap targets six months. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. William H. Aberle, live in Watertown, S.D., and his widow, Sonja Manson Aberle, at Elgin, Ill.
William H. Aberle (1885 - 1959)
Bessie G. Gifford Aberle (1888 - 1976)
Carol Jean Aberle (1941 - 1942)*
Wayne J. Aberle (1917 - 1943)
Wayne J Aberle (1917 - 1943)*
Arlington National Cemetery
Plot: Memorial Section K Site 59
Created by: Hope
Record added: Nov 07, 2007
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