Woodbury County

Lt. D. L. Ahlwardt

MIA

 

Lieut. D. Ahlwardt Reported Missing in German Action

Lieut. D.L. Ahlwardt, 22, formerly of Danbury, Iowa has been reported missing in action over Germany since March 3, his mother, Mrs. Maggie Ahlwardt, 803 Jones Street, has been informed by the war department. Lieut. Ahlwardt was graduated from a gulf coast training center at Randolph field, Texas, and received additional instruction and a post-graduate flying school at Dallas, Texas. He has been overseas since September, 1943. A story published in The Journal-Tribune February 4, 1944, told that Lieut. Ahlwardt piloted a Flying Fortress, "The Horrible Hanks" to safety after it was crippled in a crash with another Flying Fortress. His plane, with part of the tail sheared off and the tail gunner missing drove on through 50 below zero temperatures and finally limped to home base.

Source: Sioux City Journal, March 22, 1944 (photo included)