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William Robert Rewitz
 
William Rewitz, WWII
William Rewitz, WWII
 
 
Recent Address:   Santa Clara, CA
 
Email:    
 
Family Information:   Wife: Anna Rose; Son: Gerald
 
Hometown:   Bellingham, WA
 
Date Entered Service:    
 
Service Number:   O-751195
 
Bomb Group:   468th
 
Squadron:   792nd
 
Location of Unit:   Salina, KS
 
Missions Flown:    
 
Hump Missions Flown:    
 
Targets:    
 
Awards/Decorations:   2 Purple Hearts, plus others
 
Service Schools Attended:  
Mr. Rewitz transferred into the 468th Bomb Group under this order: "HQ. Hobbs, N.M. SO 234 dd 10-6-43"
 
Military Specialty(ies):   Co-PIlot
 
Rank Upon Discharge:   1st Lieutenant
 
Crew Type:   Flight crew - original crew #11
 
Airplane Serial No.& Name:   42-6408 - Reddy Teddy; member of Ernest Pickett's crew;
 
Were you a POW?   Yes
If so, where?  
Omori Headquarters Camp (Ofuna) Tokyo 35-139
 
Were you interned?   No
 
Date Transferred from the 58th:    
 
Date Discharged from the 58th:    
 
Post-WWII Military Service:    
 
Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):
 
Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:
Mr. Rewitz was shot down during the Yawata mission on August 20, 1944, four of the crew were killed. The other seven were taken prisoner. Ernest Pickett documented the story in a book called, "Proof Through the Night."

The plane crashed in Saienba, Kokura City, Fukuoka Prefecture.
 
Comments:
Mr. Rewitz passed away November 12, 1965. He is buried at Golden Gate National Cemetery in San Bruno, CA.

 


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