Lt. Rollins Ralpf K. Crew 43-38932 (all KIA 1 Jan 1945)i.g. Sgt Edward "Etz" Etlze, Jr

Discussion in '92nd BG - Podington' started by 25Kingman49, Apr 15, 2016.

  1. 25Kingman49

    25Kingman49 Well-Known Member

    I noticed today by chance that the AAF Forum has a new member Mike Etlze (Welcome Mike), others please see http://www.forum.armyairforces.com/members/mike-etzel.530/
    although Mike has added no direct posts, and frankly the 92nd BG forum must look pretty empty to a new member, until the crashed forum data is restored.

    Mike and his research team have done all the heavy lifting, so this is just passing the good word within this AAF Forum to inclusion of this crew within the 92nd BG Forum.

    Links of interest:
    http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=vcsr&GSvcid=298017
    Jaap Vermeer MDE there are two here within your scope of care at Margraten; Sgt Edward "Etz" Etzel, Jr http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=56298543 and SSgt Ellis E Montgomery http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSvcid=298017&GRid=56301977& the other seven members of this crew were provided a way home to the United States for interment.

    There is much to this story, where Mike has already covered this topic elsewhere. As such, much of this is redundant for this AAF Forum:
    Joe Baugher: B-17G-100-BO-43-38932 delivered Lincoln Oct 14, 1944, to Cheyenne Oct 26, 1944, to Grenier Nov 7, 1944. Assigned to 407th BS, 92nd BG at Podington Dec 20, 1944. Lost to flak and crashed Stendahl, Germany Jan 1, 1945. MACR 11371. 9 KIA.
    Dave Osborne: 43-38932 Del Lincoln 14/10/44; Cheyenne 26/10/44; Grenier 7/11/44; Ass407BS/92BG [PY-T] Podington 30/12/44; MIA Kassel 1/1/45 w/Ralph Rollins, Billy Reel, Tony Meyenberg, Tom Curran, Bob Michael, Bill Easton, Ed Etzel, Ellis Montgomery, Bob Martin (9KIA); flak, cr Stendahl, Ger; MACR 11371.

    MACR 11371 (62 pages) starts here on fold3 https://www.fold3.com/image/30329976 page 2 and NOK page attached.
    Also see http://www.americanairmuseum.com/aircraft/12937

    I hope this is a good start in remembrance and honor for this KIA crew of 43-38932 inside this AAF Forum, and in remembrance of Sgt Edward Etzel, Jr, ASN 36841015, Ball Turret Gunner, from Butler WI; still stationed overseas. Here pictured as PFC Edward Etzel, Jr.
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  2. MIKE ETZEL

    MIKE ETZEL New Member

    A warm thanks for your welcome.I have discovered so many things concerning my Uncle since I began my journey back in 2012 with the help of many people that I met via the 92nd Bomb Group Memorial page.I have constructed my Memorial/Tribute page on FaceBook were I tell my stories of my many discoveries.It is important to view the "albums" section. I always hope to discover more information and hopefully pictures as well.
    Many thanks to my Dad,Danny for saving so many things in a chest that he kept in a basement for 55+ years,,for if he had not,,I wouldn't be here writing this.From the day I opened that chest my life has changed,,my Uncle has become a part of me AND I AM PROUD!
     
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  3. MIKE ETZEL

    MIKE ETZEL New Member

    For those interested,,I have started a media album "92nd Bomb Group"
     
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  4. 25Kingman49

    25Kingman49 Well-Known Member

    Mike,

    Welcome again. I do hope you feel at home here on this forum. When I saw your name this morning as a new member and thru a quick search realized your devotion to this duty it seemed only right to pave the way inside this AAF Forums 92nd BG individual forum. I am not sure what all might be missing from the original 92nd BG forum after the AAF forum crash of late 2015. We are assured by the administration that all efforts are being made to restore all the previous history for more than a decade of AAF Forum history and posting.

    Be that as it may. Welcome to this new variant of the ArmyAirForces forum. as it stands right now you are breaking ground in the 92nd Bomb Group forum. We can only hope that the previous history once contained here will seamlessly be included when the technocrats have all in order.

    For those forum members interested Mike has graciously started a photo album, shortcut here http://www.forum.armyairforces.com/members/mike-etzel.530/ Thank you, Mike for sharing!!!
     
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  5. MIKE ETZEL

    MIKE ETZEL New Member

    Was not aware of the "crash"...most unfortunate.Hope the tech-e's can re-capture the information!
     
  6. 25Kingman49

    25Kingman49 Well-Known Member

    Yes, most unfortunate, and we all pray the old forum data will be restored. In the meantime this is the AAF Forum world and am pleased you enlisted here in membership. It appears obvious that you need little help uncovering your uncle's story but if there are any outstanding questions this membership stands ready to help if at all possible.

    Thank you for your study and commitment to this Rollins crew, leaving obvious footprints and credit behind you. One of the goals of this AAF Forum is "We Will Never Forget"! Pretty simple credo but it is all contingent with follow-on generations to keep and pass the word, hopefully preventing history from repeating itself. Time will tell if anyone is listening.
     
  7. Airwar

    Airwar Well-Known Member

    Scott an article of Edward. On Memorial Day I shall place a wreath at his grave and send you the photo.

    Jaap
     

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  8. 25Kingman49

    25Kingman49 Well-Known Member

    Thank you, Jaap.

    I know and appreciate all that you do for our fallen warriors still interred at Margraten and elsewhere. I am but an observer where Mike Etlze has a family member in your care. I do hope the two of you make contact for his fallen warrior. I could never thank you enough for all you do for our fallen WW II veterans who you carefully monitor at every anniversary. These loved ones are an ocean away for most, but fear not there are still those (like you) who will always remembers and never forget always guarding the gate!!!

    The words thank you / dank je will never fully express what is in our hearts for your faithful remembrance.
     
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  9. Airwar

    Airwar Well-Known Member

    Etzel family history
     

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  10. MIKE ETZEL

    MIKE ETZEL New Member

    Thanks for posting these two articles Jaap!
     
  11. Airwar

    Airwar Well-Known Member

    Glad to assist Mike. On Memorial Day I place a wreath at his grave and will place the photo on this forum.

    Jaap
     

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