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Sgt Dick J Tschantz

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Sgt Dick J Tschantz

Birth
Ohio, USA
Death 21 Jul 1944 (aged 23–24)
Croatia
Burial Baltimore, Baltimore City, Maryland, USA
Plot SECTION E, SITE 4725
Memorial ID 1264102 View Source
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Dick served as a Sergeant & Radio Operator on C-47 #41-18388, 10th Troop Carrier Squadron, 60th Troop Carrier Group, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Stark County, Ohio before the war.

He enlisted in the Army on August 12, 1942 in Akron, Ohio. He was noted as being employed in the manufacture of automobiles and also as Single, without dependents.

Dick was "Killed In Action" when his C-47 was shot down over Yugoslavia on a night supply drop to a location named 'Picadilly Pat'. Shots were fired from the ground and the left wing was hit. The aircraft fell off to the left and entered a spiral descent until it impacted the ground near Vocin, Coratia during the war.

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

He was originally interred in Belgrade, Yugoslavia and was later repatriated here on March 16, 1949.

Service # 35335460

The reason he is named on a group headstone is because when soldiers & sailors were killed in close proximity to each other they were unable, at that time, to identify them separately and interred their remains together in one grave.

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Airmen who perished on C-47 (#41-18388):

Gunthner, Alfred W ~ 2nd Lt, Navigator, NY
Houser, Morris R ~ 2nd Lt, Pilot, PA
Tschantz, Dick J ~ Sgt, Radio Operator, OH
Warren, James, J, Jr ~ S/Sgt, Engineer, PA

The Co-Pilot, 2nd Lt. Pinkney Largent, was able to parachute out of the C-47 and survived.

Bio & Crew Report by:
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett

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News Articles submitted by: Aviva

The Canton Repository, Canton, Stark, Ohio. Thursday, August 17, 1944; p5.
Today's Roll of Honor
---Killed---

Sgt. Dick Tschantz, 23, a radio operator with the troop carrier command who was reported missing after a flight over Yugoslavia on July 21, was killed on that date, the war department has announced.
Sgt. Tschantz was the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Tschantz of 54th st NW. He was inducted in August, 1942, and had been overseas since last August.

He was a graduate of McKinley High school and attended Denison university where he was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity. Sgt. Tschantz was a member of First Evangelical and Reformed church.

Surviving, in addition to his parents, are two brothers, Norman of Canton and Capt. Robert Tschantz, who served in England more than a year after completing a course in aviation medicine at Randolph Field, Tex., and a a sister, Mrs. Helen Wynn of Canton.

The Canton Repository, Canton, Stark, Ohio. Saturday, August 26, 1944; p2.
Memorial Rite Sunday

Rev. R. W. Blemker will conduct a memorial service Sunday at 10 a.m. In First Reformed church for Sgt. Dick Tschantz, 23, who was killed July 21 while his plane was on a mission over Yugoslavia. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Tschantz of 54th st NW.

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SGT, 10 AAF TRP CARR SQ, 60 TRP CARR GP WORLD WAR II


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  • Imported from: US Veteran's Affairs
  • Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Office
  • Added: 25 Feb 2000
  • Find a Grave Memorial 1264102
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/1264102/dick-j-tschantz : accessed ), memorial page for Sgt Dick J Tschantz (1920–21 Jul 1944), Find a Grave Memorial ID 1264102, citing Baltimore National Cemetery, Baltimore, Baltimore City, Maryland, USA ; Maintained by US Veterans Affairs Office (contributor 5) .