Advertisement

LT Bernard William Schutter Jr.

Advertisement

LT Bernard William Schutter Jr.

Birth
Death
16 May 1945 (aged 20–21)
Manchester, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, USA
Burial
Ames, Montgomery County, New York, USA GPS-Latitude: 42.8324165, Longitude: -74.6000137
Memorial ID
View Source
Son of Bernard William Schutter Sr. and Dorothy Schutter.

Manchester, New Hampshire – May 16, 1945
Grenier U. S. Army Air Field

On the morning of May 16, 1945, a Boeing B-17 "Flying Fortress" (Ser. No. 42-5463) with a partial crew aboard was on the runway at Grenier Army Air Field in Manchester. The engines were in operation at the time, warming up, and the wheels were "chocked". An army station wagon containing four officers of the bomber's crew and a civilian driver drove out to the B-17. When it did so the the B-17 reportedly jumped its wheel-chocks and lurched forward into the station wagon, killing one man and injuring the rest.

2nd Lieutenant Bernard W. Schutter, Jr., (20) of Ames, New York, was killed in the accident.

2nd Lieutenant James H. Wagner, (22) of Los Gatos, California, was seriously injured.

2nd Lieutenant George Hermestroff (22) of Chicago, and 2nd Lieutenant Donald C. Maler, (21) of Fairfax, California, and the driver of the station wagon all received non-life-threatening injuries.

Sources:
The Manchester Union, "Army Board Presses Probe Of Bomber Mishap At Base", May 18, 1945.
The Wilmington Morning Star, (North Carolina) "Car Collides With B-17", May 30, 1945, pg. 2

B-17 serial number supplied by Larry Webster, Aviation Historian, Charlestown RI

Contributor: Airborne Steve (48125073)
Son of Bernard William Schutter Sr. and Dorothy Schutter.

Manchester, New Hampshire – May 16, 1945
Grenier U. S. Army Air Field

On the morning of May 16, 1945, a Boeing B-17 "Flying Fortress" (Ser. No. 42-5463) with a partial crew aboard was on the runway at Grenier Army Air Field in Manchester. The engines were in operation at the time, warming up, and the wheels were "chocked". An army station wagon containing four officers of the bomber's crew and a civilian driver drove out to the B-17. When it did so the the B-17 reportedly jumped its wheel-chocks and lurched forward into the station wagon, killing one man and injuring the rest.

2nd Lieutenant Bernard W. Schutter, Jr., (20) of Ames, New York, was killed in the accident.

2nd Lieutenant James H. Wagner, (22) of Los Gatos, California, was seriously injured.

2nd Lieutenant George Hermestroff (22) of Chicago, and 2nd Lieutenant Donald C. Maler, (21) of Fairfax, California, and the driver of the station wagon all received non-life-threatening injuries.

Sources:
The Manchester Union, "Army Board Presses Probe Of Bomber Mishap At Base", May 18, 1945.
The Wilmington Morning Star, (North Carolina) "Car Collides With B-17", May 30, 1945, pg. 2

B-17 serial number supplied by Larry Webster, Aviation Historian, Charlestown RI

Contributor: Airborne Steve (48125073)

Inscription

LT B. W. SCHUTTER JR.
ARMY AIR FORCE
1924 - 1945



Sponsored by Ancestry

Advertisement