Capt. Walter Strauch
Capt. Walter Strauch
343rd FS 28 October 1944 - September 1945
P-51D CY-B 44-72362 "Over to You"
|Score Detail||20 February 1945 (2)Me-109 destroyed (ground)
16 April 1945 FW-189 destroyed (ground) Ainring A/F
17 April 1945 FW-190 destroyed (air) Kamenz A/F
|Notes||Born on 22 May 1920 on the family farm in Kimball,
Home of record - Kimball, Nebraska
ASN - O-743125
28 October 1944 - Joined the 343rd Fighter Squadron
April 1945 - Promoted from 1st Lieutenant to Captain
April 1945 - Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross
Ground Crew on CY-B - Ray A. 'Jack' Penticoff Jr. and Sgt. Erwin B. Langferman
Passed away 1st September 2011 in Kimball, Nebraska. Buried in the Kimball Cemetery, Kimball.
|Memories||Walter Strauch's Obituary
'Walter Strauch, 91, died at the Kimball County Manor Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011.
Walter Strauch was born on the family farm east of Kimball May 22, 1920, the son of Peter and Dora (Klamm) Strauch. He attended school in Kimball. Walt enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corp on March 13, 1941. As an enlisted man he was an airplane mechanic with the hopes of someday being a pilot. He was chosen for the pilot’s program, studied hard and passed his pilot’s exam. Walt was commissioned Lt. and was an instructor on P-47s before receiving his deployment orders joining the 343rd Squadron of the 55th Fighter Group stationed in England. Overseas he flew P-51s escorting B-17 bombers to Germany. On return missions he shot up and destroyed German locomotives hauling supplies to ammunitions factories and shot down German aircraft. At the war’s end Capt. Strauch returned stateside and travelled the U.S. doing air demonstrations for troops. He was honourably discharged Jan. 22, 1946.
After his military service Walt returned to the family farm east of Kimball. He married Bessie Lee Williams April 5, 1946. They had four daughters: MerryAnn, Barbara Jo, Billee Sue and Bonnie Lee. They divorced in 1982. Walt farmed the land he loved with perfection until 1998.
Walt married Margaret Rohde August 3, 1997. He was the park supervisor at Oliver Reservoir State Park from 1998 to 2009. His greatest joys at the park were working with his daughters Barb and Billee and to be back in the tractor seat again.
Walt prided himself in all he did and loved being a pilot, a farmer, and a supervisor and he so loved his family and friends. His greatest joy in life was telling stories of his military service and being a fighter pilot – “OVER.”
Survivors include his daughters. MerryAnn (Doug) Tomich and Barbara (Barry) Frederick of Kimball and Bonnie (Steve) Stahla of Sundance, Wyo.; son-in-law, Jack Harty of Anchorage, Alaska; grandsons, Brian Frederick, Brandon (Morgan) Frederick and Steven Stahla; granddaughters, Kelli (Rich) Patterson and Kameron Stahla; great-grandchildren, Chloe Stahla, Emma Patterson, Parker and Paige Frederick and many nieces and nephews. Preceding Walt in death were his parents; sisters, Dorthea Strauch, Inez Pebler, Evelyn Strauch, Frieda Jorgensen, Leona Wendt and Florence LeMay; brothers, Harry, Carl, Herbert, Edward and Albert; grandson, William Walter Gregorich and daughter, Billee Strauch Harty.'
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