KIA US Army Air Force
World War II
Grandson of Bernhard and Margaret Fiedler
Following information provided by Eric Ackerman
Published in THE HARPER HERALD, HARPER, TEXAS, internet edition, FRIDAY, JULY 14,1944, PAGE FOUR
LT.CLEMENS FIEDLER RADIOED THAT HE WAS "BAILING OUT"
The War Department last Wednesday notified Bernhard Fiedler that his grandson, Lt. Clemens Fiedler, who has been "missing in action" while on a mission over France in April, radioed that he was unable to continue his flight back to his base and that he was "bailing out." This radio message is reported by the War Department to have been picked up by one of Lt. Fiedler's comrades who was on the same mission and who was close to Fiedler's plane but was unable to see him at the time the radio message was heard. Lt. Fiedler is reported to have radioed that his plane had been hit, either by flak or by enemy fighter action, and that the ship refused to fly further, causing him to resort to the parachute.
Whether or not Lt. Fiedler was able to actually bail out and thus save himself, or whether he crash landed and is safe, or whether he escaped or has been taken a prisoner of war, has not been learned.
Information accompanying the letter from the War Department stated that Lt. Fiedler was on his way back to his home base after having dropped bombs over the target on that particular mission.
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