Emmet County

Lt. Harold Edward Schildknecht




Our Neighbors in the Services.

Estherville, Iowa – Harold Edward Schildknecht, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Schildknecht, Estherville, received his wings when he graduated as a second lieutenant from the Marfa, Texas, A.A.F. advanced flying school, it was announced by Col. Gerald Hoyle, commanding officer. Lieut. Schildknecht was commissioned upon completion of his course in training in twin engine planes. He was assigned here from Gardner field, Taft, Cal.

Source: The Sioux City Journal, April 11, 1943

With the Colors

"Bud" Schildknecht is now a second Lieutenant in the army air corps having been commissioned Monday Marfa, Texas. His new address is Lt. Harold Schildknecht, Barracks 1003, 114th Bombardment Sqd. Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho.

Source: Estherville Daily News, Thursday, April 22, 1943

With the Colors

Lieut. Harold Schildknecht arrived home Friday, after serving overseas since October, 1943. Lieutenant Schildknecht, who has been stationed in England, has a 21-day leave which he is spending at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Schildknecht.

Schildknecht, pilot of a Liberator of the 8th US army air force, was wounded in the shoulder last April, after completing 27 missions. He was then confined to a hospital in England.

After his recovery, he was put in charge of air and sea rescue for his group.

Upon completion of his leave, Lieutenant Schildknecht will return to Santa Ana, Calif.

Source: Estherville Daily News, Thursday, January 11, 1945 (photo included)

Harold E. Schidknecht

1939 Estherville High School yearbook photograph