Woodbury County

Pvt. Edward Altimus


Edward Altimus Loses Life in Collision Over Atlantic

Pvt. Edward E. Altimus died February 16 in an aircraft accident approximately 40 miles northeast of Norfolk, Va. He was flying in a B-26, which collided with a B-47 over the Atlantic ocean, according to the telegram which was received from the War Department by his wife, Dorothy, 853 Florence avenue. Although every effort was being made to recover the body, it had not yet been found.

Born March 4, 1923, in Sioux City, Pvt. Altimus attended East high school and formerly was employed on a truck farm. Following his induction in the army, he received training at Miami Beach, Fla., and Bradley field, Conn. Six months ago he was transferred to the army air base at Norfolk, Va., where he was a tow reel man on a B-24.

Survivors besides his wife, include his father, William Altimus; five sisters, Mrs. Evelyn Eppstein, Mrs. Winifred Miller, Mrs. Darlene Carlson, Mrs. Wilma Statler, and Mrs. Vivian Hoover; and two brothers, Charles Altimus and Robert Altimus. All live in Sioux City.

Source: The Sioux City Journal, February 20, 1945 (photo included)

Pvt. Edward Altimus Memorial Services to Be Held Sunday

Memorial rites will be conducted at 7:45 p.m. Sunday in the Church of All Nations, S. Wall street, for Pvt. Edward Altimus, who died February 16 in an aircraft accident 40 miles northeast of Norfolk, Va., over the Atlantic ocean.

Rev. John P. Hantia will have charge of the service, in which the American Legion also will participate.

He was the son of William Altimus, 602 Wall street.  The widow, Dorothy, resides at 853 Florence street.  He also is survived by five sisters, Mrs. Winnifred Miller, Mrs. Darlene Carlson, Mrs. Evelyn Epstein, Mrs. Vivian Hoover and Mrs. Wilma Statler; two brothers, [the copy runs out here]

Source: The Sioux City Journal, April 6, 1945