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Ermin Schwabe Air Force

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Assigned: 8th Air Force B-17
Entered Service: 1/6/1943
Exited Service: 1/26/1946
Foreign Service Length: 3 Years
Location of Service: England, France, Germany
Gender: male
Basic Training: Miami Beach, Florida
Military Position: Mechanic on B-17
Place of Separation: Indian Town, Pennsylvania
From City: Gahanna
From State: Ohio
Date of Birth: 03/1923
My War Stories
  1/1943 Did 4 months of training for engine training in Columbus, Ohio off East Broad then off to basic training in Miami Beach, Florida.
  1/6/1943 Drafted into the Army then into the Army Air Corps
  1944 Ermin was a mechanic on the B-17 flying fortress. He would work on any plane that needed attention until he was promoted to crew chief then he worked on specific planes. It would usually take five people to maintain one plane in flying condition. Engines would not need replaced very often unless they were damaged.
  1944 Ermin was in England, France and Berliner, Germany. Ermin from time to time would get a chance to fly in the B-17. Often times Ermin’s base would be attacked by German planes and caused major damage. One event that were Ermin was scared to death was on Christmas morning 4AM when an attack occurred which was really bad.
  1/1946 Came back to the States.

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  • World War II Victory Medal
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Ermin Schwabe World War II B-17