Donald Charles Schwerin

Donald Charles Schwerin

Ritzville, Adams County, Washington, USA
Death 2 Apr 1945 (aged 27)
Burial Ritzville, Adams County, Washington, USA
Memorial ID 41243043 · View Source
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Graveside services for an Adams county airman killed in action in 1945 in the Pacific theater will be held this Friday afternoon at the Ritzville Memorial cemetery.

The flier is Donald Charles Schwerin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Schwerin of Ritzville. Schwerin's body was recovered on a South Pacific mountainside months after his plane had be reported "missing in action." Interred since then in a military graveyard in the Pacific area, the body was returned to Ritzville Sunday evening. The C. J. Newland American Legion post will conduct the services.

Schwerin was born in Ritzville on Nov. 14, 1917. He was graduated from Ritzville high school and attended Washington State college where he was affiliated with the Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity. He enlisted in the army air force in 1942 but was not called into active service until February of 1943. Schwerin received his commissions as a bombardier-navigator at Hondo, Texas. He also received training at Missoula, Montana; Ellington Field, Texas; Las Vegas, Nevada; and Carlsbad, New Mexico. His post flight training taken place at Tonapah, Nevada.

Lieutenant Schwerin and the other member of his crew left the United States on Dec. 4, 1944 in the face of a violent Pacific storm. They arrived safely at New Guinea where their B-24 heavy bomber went into action against the Japanese, concentrating on enemy airfields and shipping targets in the Phillippines area.

On April 2, 1945, Lieutenant Schwerin's plane disappeared on an observation mission over Negros island in the Phillippines. The craft, with its 11-man crew, faded into nowhere in less than 45 minutes after it had been contacted by two American fighter planes. For some time after the crewmen were reported missing in action, hope was maintained that eventually they might be found alive on an isolated south Pacific island. It was discovered later, however, that the plane had crashed into a mountain in what was then Japanese held territory. All the crewmen had been killed.

Lieutenant Schwerin was a member of the Fifth Bombing group of the 13th Air Force, held the Purple Heart and the air medal for his "courageous service in operation flight missions during which hostile attack was probable and expected."

He was a member of St. Mark's Episcopal church. Memorial services for Lieutenant Schwere were held in October of 1946. Besides his parents, surivors include a sister, Virgina, at home and a brother, Robert of Walla Walla.

Danekas and Duncan funeral home were in charge of local arrangements.

Ritzville Journal Times February 2. 1950 Sue Gardner & gapwork90

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