Plymouth County

Lt. George C. Rosenow

NEWS of the MERRILL SERVICE MEN

From Merrill Service Men's News

George C. Rosenow, 2nd Lt. 335 Bomb Grp., Barksdale Field, La., finally got his chance as a cadet and won his commission at Moody Field, Ga., on January 7th.  He is still in training, flying a twin engined medium bomber.  He was home January 10 to 20.

Source: LeMars Sentinel, Friday, April 14, 1944

G. ROSENOW IS MISSING
Second Son of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Rosenow To Be War Victim

For the second time, the grim hand of war has reached into the Chas. E. Rosenow home now at 321 West Street, Sioux City, formerly west of Merrill, to exact its toll.

By bitter irony, Mr. Rosenow received a telegram from the War Department on Thanksgiving Day. The telegram stated:

“The Secretary of War desires me to express his deep regret that your son, Second Lieut. Geo. C. Rosenow, has been reported missing action since November 9—over France. If further details or other information are received, you will be promptly notified. ~Wetsell, acting, the adjutant general.”

The message from the War Department does not, of course, preclude the possibility that the missing officer may have been able to land safely, in which case he is now a prisoner of war in the hands of the Germans.

Two years ago a brother of Lieut. Rosenow, William Rosenow, in the Navy, was killed in action in the southwest Pacific. The tragic news came on Nov. 30.

The Rosenow family have had more than their share of bad luck, not only having one son killed in action and another missing, but they have been plagued by sickness and accidents.

Source: LeMars Globe-Post, November 27, 1944

FORMER LIBERTY ARMY PILOT REPORTED MISSING IN FRANCE

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Rosenow of Sioux City received a telegram from the War Department this week stating their son, Lieut. George C. Rosenow, had been reported missing in action since November 9, over France. Lieut. Rosenow was a pilot on a B-26 bomber and had been stationed in England since June, 1944.

Lieut. Rosenow’s brother, William Rosenow, was killed in the Solomon Islands in 1942. Another brother in service is Pfc. Albert Rosenow, now stationed at Casper Field, Wyoming.

The Rosenow family formerly lived in Liberty township, Plymouth county, and a brother of the missing man, Charles Rosenow, Jr., and a sister, Mrs. Jorville Stinton, still live in that community.

The missing pilot was a graduate of Liberty Consolidated school. He had been in service more than four years.

Source: LeMars Semi-Weekly Sentinel, November 28, 1944

George Rosenow Former Liberty Man Is Killed  
Lt. Rosenow Was Reported Missing Now Listed Dead

Lt. George Rosenow, previously reported missing, was killed in action over France, November 9, according to a telegram received from the War Department by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Rosenow, 321 West street, Sioux City. He was a pilot on a B-26 and was attached to the Ninth air squadron under Gen. Patton.

Lt. Rosenow enlisted in the Army November 11, 1937, and was an instructor at various fields in the United States.  He received his flight training at Maxwell field, Alabama, and Americus, Ga.  He won his wings and second lieutenant commission at Moody Field, Ga., and in June, 1944, flew his Maurauder across the Atlantic Ocean to England.

Born June 4, 1919, in Leeds, Iowa, Lt. Rosenow was graduated from Liberty Consolidated school and later farmed in Liberty township, Plymouth county, Iowa.

Surviving besides his parents, are two brothers, Pfc. Albert Rosenow, gunner on a bomber stationed at Casper, Wyo., and Charley, who farmes in Liberty township; two sisters, Mrs. William Ludwigs, 1812 Rustin avenue, Sioux City, and Mrs. Jorville Stinton, of Merrill, Iowa. A brother, William Rosenow, machinist first class, was killed at sea November 30, 1942, while stationed aboard a cruiser in the area of the Solomon islands.

Source: LeMars Semi-Weekly Sentinel, December 19, 1944

MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR LT. G. ROSENOW

Memorial services for Second Lt. George Rosenow, 25, will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday in Concordia Lutheran Church.  Lt. Rosenow was killed in action over France November 9, while piloting a B-26, and was attached to the Ninth air squadron under Gen. Patton.  His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Rosenow, reside at 321 West street.  Rev. R. W. Meyer will be in charge of the service.

Born June 4, 1919, in Leeds, Lt. Rosenow was graduated from Liberty Consolodated school and later farmed in Liberty township (Plymouth County.)

A brother, William Rosenow, machinist’s mate first class, was killed at sea November 30, 1942, while stationed aboard a cruiser in the area of the Solomon islands.

Source:  The Sioux City Journal, February 10, 1945

SOLDIER NEWS.

Memorial services for 2nd Lieut. George Rosenow, 25, were held at 10 a.m. Sunday in Concordia Lutheran Church at Sioux City. Lt. Rosenow was killed in action over France, November 9, 1944, while piloting a B-26, and was attached to the Ninth air squadron under Gen. Patton. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Rosenow, reside at 321 West street.  Rev. R. W. Meyer, was in charge of the service.  Born June 4, 1919, in Leeds, Lt. Rosenow was graduated from Liberty Consolidated school and later farmed in Liberty township (Plymouth County, IA.) A brother, William Rosenow was killed at sea, Nov. 30, 1942, while stationed aboard a cruiser in the area of the Solomon Islands.

Source: LeMars Globe-Post, February 12, 1945

Body of Lt. George Rosenow Returned To This Country For Burial  

The body of 2nd Lt. George C. Rosenow, son of Charles Rosenow, of Sioux City, who was killed November 9, 1944, in a crash of a B-29 of which he was the pilot, arrived in Sioux City Saturday.

Lt. Rosenow was born June 4, 1919, in Leeds.  He moved with his parents to a farm in Liberty township and attended Liberty Consolidated school where he was graduated in 1937.

He enlisted in the Army November 11, 1939, and in 1942 joined the airforce. In 1944, he went with his crew to England and flew 31 missions over France and Germany before the fatal crash.

Survivors besides his father are three brothers, Ernest and Albert of Sioux City, and Charles of Merrill, and two sisters, Mrs. Helen Ludwig of Sioux City, and Mrs. Mata Stinton, of Akron, Ia.

His mother died in May, 1947, and a brother was killed May 30, 1942, while serving in the Navy.

Source: LeMars Semi-Weekly Sentinel, September 14, 1948

December 9, 2014, the following email message was received: Wonderful news - a monument in honor of the crew has been placed on the sites of the crash.  This ceremony was commemorated with the American authorities. Photos are available.  

~Submitted by the squadron leader of the police in GONDRECOURT LE CHATEAU, (meuse) France.