Paul Edward Shultz was born on 19 February 1916 at Elizabethon, Tennessee, the son of Harry Clay Shultz and Rosanna “Annie” Victoria McCloud.
Died 2 March 1945
Buried at Happy Valley Memorial Park, Elizabethton, TN
828th Bomber Squadron, 485th Bomber Group
Aircraft B-24H with serial number 42-52644 departed from Venosa Army Air Field in Italy on a combat bombing mission to Linz, Austria.
Statement by S/Sgt George R. Dickinson:
On 2 March 1945 I was flying as Tail Gunner of Airplane number 42-52059, flying number 4 position of Baker Box on a bombing mission to Linz, Austria. Approximately one half hour before reaching the IP, while over the foothills of the Alps, I saw airplane number 42-52644, piloted by Second Lieutenant Cal W. Langley, who was flying number 7 position of Baker Box, drop behind for a short while, then move back up into position. Shortly after moving back into position the airplane appeared to get caught in the prop wash of either, airplane number 44-49930, flying number 5 position of Able Box or the pathfinder flying as Deputy Leader of Able Box, and as a result went out of control. One of its wing tips rammed the wing tip of aircraft number 42-52064, flying number 2 position of Charlie Box, and immediately after the wing tips touched the noses came together, and the two aircraft disintegrated as they fell to earth. I saw two parachutes open, and it is my opinion that these two chutes were from airplane number 42-52064.
Pilot, 2nd Lt Carl W. Langley
Co-Piot, 2nd Lt Richard v. Miller
Navigator, F/O William J. Hafemeister
Right Waist Gunner, Cpl Paul E. Shultz
Left Waist Gunner, Cp.l Henry Koprowaki
Nose Gunner, Cpl William S. Kaukas
Ball Gunner, Cpl Doyle G. Sumner
Tail Gunner, Sgt Leegrand H. Koller
Upper Gunner, Cpl George L. Taylor
The Elizabethton Daily Star, April 30, 1946
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Shultz watched all five of their children, Earl, Ernest, Mary, Paul and “Tommy” march off to war. Now they are all home but Paul, Corporal Paul who will always remain in their memories the beloved young hero, who died that they and many other might live in freedom and peace.
Corporal Paul Shultz an engineer gunner, entered service in July, 1943, sent to Italy in December, 1944, and was killed near Lenz, Austria March 2, 1945.
S/Sgt Earl Shultz served 5½ years in the Army, including overseas duty in the South Pacific and Philippines. He was discharged in December, 1945, and is back at his work in the office of the American Bemberg Company.
Sgt. Ernest Shultz spent four in army service, most of the time in the Southwest Pacific area; Australia, New Guinea, The Philippines, Okinawa, the Dutch East Indies and Japan. He is back in the textile department of the American Bemberg Corporation, discharged in November.
S/Sgt Mary Shultz has resumed her position as spinerette technician at the plants. She joined the Woman’s Army Corps in February, 1943; and spent 33 months in the quartermaster divisions of the Army Air Corps Supply after her basic training at Daytona Beach. She was stationed at George Field, Ill., Malden, Mo., and finally Houston, Texas, where she received her discharged in November.
Cpl. Clarence “Tom” Shultz, like his brother Paul, was sent to Europe. He went through some of the fiercest of the fighting through the Belgium Bulge, and on into Germany. He with his outfit, the 82nd Reconnaissance Division of the 2nd Armored Battalion, was awarded the Belgium Fourrage.
- Rank: Corporal
- Date of birth: 19 February 1916
- Date of death: 2 March 1945
- County: Carter
- Hometown: Elizabethton
- Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
- Division/Assignment: 828th Bomber Squadron, 485th Bomber Group
- Theater: Europe
- Conflict: World War II
- Awards: Purple Heart
- Burial/Memorial Location: Happy Valley Memorial Park, Elizabethton, TN
- Location In Memorial: Pillar VIII, Top Panel
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