Emmet County

Lt. Jens "Ted" Weiby



Armstrong, Ia.—Mr. and Mrs. Jens Weiby of Armstrong received the first definite information as to the fate of their son, Lt. Jens (“Ted”) Weiby, who was reported missing over Germany on December 13, 1943. The information came from the army effects bureau, Kansas City, Mo., and stated that Lt. Weiby is a prisoner of war in enemy territory, since identification cards, personal papers, and a check have been received from him. Lt. Weiby was a pilot on a B-17 in England and had been on a mission near Cologne when he was reported missing.

Source: Sioux City Journal, January 30, 1945

North Iowans Among Bodies on Way Home

Washington—Among the bodies of 4,384 World War II dead due to arrive from Europe aboard the U. S. Army transport, Barney Kirschbaum, are 76 Iowans, according to announcement by the department of the Army.

Armed forces dead originally interred in temporary military cemeteries in France, Belgium, Holland and Luxembourg are among those being brought back to this country.

North Iowans in the list include the following, together with the next of kin:

Pvt. Orval R. Alden; Milton L. Alden, Thornton.
Pvt. Wayne W. Dale; Mrs. Nettie D. Felkey, Armstrong.
Pfc. Neil L. Gilbertson; Jane Gilbertson, Burr Oak.
Pfc. Royal A. Jacobs; Hezzie R. Jacobs, Rudd.
1st Lt. Alan R. Jacobson; Chris Jacobson, Britt.
Sgt. William L. Monroe; Lloyd E. Monroe, Estherville.
1st Lt. Robert L. Sill; Nina S. Christopher, Eagle Grove.
S/Sgt. Edwin E. Sowles; Mrs. Mary F. Sowles, Mason City.
2nd Lt. Robert L. Van Horn; Carl C. Van Horn, Hampton.
1st Lt. Jens T. Weiby, Jr.; Jens T. Weiby, Sr., Armstrong.

Source: Mason City Globe-Gazette, December 29, 1948

Jens Theodore “Ted” Weiby, Jr. was born Oct. 22, 1920 to Jens T. (Sr.) and Bertha L. Weiby. He died Dec. 1, 1943 and is buried in Saint John Lutheran Cemetery, Ringsted, IA.

Lt. Weiby served in World War II with the U.S. Army Air Corps as a pilot on a B-17 in England and was reported MIA on a mission near Cologne and later listed as a POW. A finding of death was later issued for Lt. Weiby.

Source: ancestry.com