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08 Oct 1919 2
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Ohio 1

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Urban Joseph Schroder 3
Urban J Schroder 1
Level of Education: 2 years of college 1
Marital Status: Single, without dependents 1
08 Oct 1919 2
1919 1
Ohio 1
Male 3
Place: Hamilton County, Ohio 1
Mother: Flora Vordem Esche 2
Father: William F. Schroder 2
Dorothy Basgall 2
Kearney, NE 2
Spouse Death Date: 08 Dec 2001 2

World War II 1

Army 1
Enlistment Date:
17 Apr 1942 1
Army Branch:
Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA 1
Army Component:
Selectees (Enlisted Men) 1
Army Serial Number:
O-868667 3
Army Serial Number:
35452270 1
Enlistment Place:
Cincinnati Ohio 1
Enlistment Term:
Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law 1
Source of Army Personnel:
Civil Life 1
Semiskilled inspectors, n.e.c. 1
Race or Ethnicity:
White 1
William Joseph Douglass 2
Source Information:
Box Number: 0943 1
Film Reel Number: 5.5 1

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Urban Joseph Schroder

Isley Field, Saipan, Mariana Islands

Born Urban Joseph Schroder in 1919 at Ohio.  Enlisted in the Army Air Corps on 17 April 1942 at Cincinnati, Ohio.  Completed flight training and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant.  Underwent B-29 aircraft transition and combat crew training at Walker Army Airfield, Kansas.

In September 1944, deployed to the Central Pacific Theatre of Operations and was assigned to 20th Air Force, XXI Bomber Command, 73rd Bomb Wing, 500th Bombardment Group (Very Heavy), 881st Bomb Squadron stationed at Isley Field on Saipan in the Mariana Islands. 

On 10 February 1945, he flew as the Flight Engineer aboard a Boeing B-29 Superfortress, Tail Code: Z-Square-13 (serial #42-93876). 

It was one of 120 aircraft launched in a multi-wing group formation to bombard the Nakajima Aircraft Assembly Plant at Ota on the northwest side of Tokyo, Japan.  While over the target area, the group was attacked by a band of Nakajima Ki-44 single-engine “Tojo” fighter planes.  His B-29 aircraft suffered damage to the right wing and the #3 engine trailed heavy smoke.  He was last sighted by A-Square-43 at a geographic location of 35+45N, 141+25E approximately 80 nautical miles east of Tokyo.  He was killed when his aircraft was forced to ditch on the return route to Saipan.

Married, then had a son after his death

Wichita, KS

Urban married Dorothy Basgall in Kearney, NE in November while still based there.  When he deployed, she was pregnant.  Urban was killed on February 10, 1945, before his son was born on July 5, 1945. 

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