Kossuth County

Ruth Helen Richter



Three Red Cross nurses who have joined the army air forces nursing corps are (left to right) Ruth Richter and Alice Kane,1315 Seventh st.; and Katherine Nece, 1414 Thirty-third street.

Source: The Des Moines Register, July 14, 1943 (photo included)


Lt. Urban Richter, 28, pilot of a B-29, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Richter, farmers two miles southeast of Wesley, is reported missing in action in the Asiatic war theater, according to official notice received by his parents, Saturday.

Graduate of the Wesley high school, he worked for Douglas Aircraft, Santa Monica, Calif., enlisted from there Jan. 2, 1941, and was sent to Ft. Ord. After Pearl Harbor, he transferred to San Luis Obispo, and on March 2, 1944, piloted his plane, with crew, from Miami to a new base in India.

The plane was the first one to land at that base and its crew, with natives, worked six weeks finishing a field before other planes were sent there.

Urban has a sister, Lt. Ruth Helen Richter, in the air force nursing service now awaiting overseas orders. Brothers and other sisters are: Jack, farmer near Wesley; Edward and Francis, at home; Mrs. Neil Garry and Anna, Philadelphia; Mrs. Hedwig Dusold, Tacoma; Mrs. Edward Otis, Wesley.

Source: Kossuth County Advance, January 16, 1945

[Photo: ancestry.com] Urban and his sister, Lt. Ruth Helen Richter, who was in the air force nursing service