Pottawattamie County


Cpl. Dale Gustafson



Cpl. Dale Gustafson has been missing in action over the English channel since June 27, according to a war department announcement received by his wife at 810 Fifth avenue, Friday. Cpl. Gustafson was serving as a turret gunner in the army air forces when he was reported missing. He has been stationed in England since June 1.

Source: The Council Bluffs Nonpareil, Council Bluffs, Sunday, July 09, 1944, Page 2



WASHINGTON, D. C. (AP)—The War Department Saturday listed 26 Iowa soldiers as missing in action in the European and Mediterranean theaters.  They were:

Algona—Staff Sergeant Robert W. Thompson.
Audubon—Sergt. Donald C. Munksgaard.
Boone—Second Lieutenant Robert W. Ward.
Cedar Rapids—Pvt. (f.c.) Harvey H. Wehde.
Council Bluffs—Corp. Dale E. Gustafson.
Des Moines—Pvt. (f.c.) Lester W. Pfannkuch.
Dubuque—Lieut. Arthur C. Toepel.
Gladbrook—Second Lieutenant Elmer C. Dudolski.
Iowa City—Lieut. Col. Don L. Weiss.
Keystone—Pvt (f.c.) Orlean  E. Koeppen.
Knoxville—Capt. Richard A. Gee.
Marshalltown—Second Lieutenant Marion A. Gard.
Mason City—Capt. William C. Whorley.
Menlo—Pvt. (f.c.) Kenneth L. Powell.
Pella—Pvt. (f.c.) David M. Thomas.
Sewal—Staff Sergeant Dallas G. Couchman.
Shenandoah—Lieut. Ralph E. Deweese.
Sioux Rapids—Flight Officer Joseph Meleky.

Source: The Des Moines Register, August 27, 1944

Dale Eldon Gustafson was born Aug. 19, 1921 to Carl E. and Lydia M. Almquist Gustafson He died June 27, 1944 and its memorialized at the Tablets of the Missing, Cambridge American Cemetery, Cambridge, England.

Cpl. Gustafson served in World War II with the U.S. Army Air Corps 350th Bomb Squadron, 100th Bomb Group, Heavy.

Sources: ancestry.com; abmc.gov