Highest rank achieved: Lt.
Born: Sept. 23, 1918 in Akron, Michigan
The below is a biography developed by his son, James M. Schwindle.
Sep. 23, 1937 Enlisted in U.S. Navy in Binghamton, N.Y. and during next 4 years was assigned to U.S.S. Henderson (trainer ship), U.S.S. New Mexico (battleship), and U.S.S. Canopus (submarine tender).
Aug. 25, 1941 Discharged from Navy with plans to fly in Army Air Corps.
Sep. 1941 Tried to enlist in U.S. Army Air Corps as aviation cadet, but was turned down because he didn’t have 2 years of college.
Oct. 1941 Enlisted in Royal Canadian Air Force in Ottawa, Canada.
May 1942 Transferred from RCAF to U.S. Army Air Corps after rules on college education had been relaxed.
Aug. 16, 1942 Married Robinelle (Bobbie) Cornelius who lived in Douglas, Ga.
Dec. 12, 1942 Graduated from pilot training (Class 42-K), Turner Field Georgia, and commissioned second lieutenant.
Jun. 13, 1943 Ferried B-25G aircraft (tail #503) to North Africa as part of 14 aircraft intact squadron.
Jun. 1943 Stationed at Souk-El-Arba, Tunisia. Flew “sea sweeps” to bomb and strafe shipping targets.
Jul. 8, 1943 Officially assigned to 321st Bomb Group.
Summer 1943 Stationed at Cape Bon near Soliman, Tunisia. Flew sea sweeps, bombed Italian bridges, factories, rail junctions and harbors.
Oct. 1943 Stationed at Grottaglie near Taranto, Italy. Bombed the Balkans, flew sea sweeps.
Oct. 1943 Stationed at “Gambut 3” (British field in Libya) on temporary duty. Intercepted convoys, bombed airfields, flew sea sweeps to Dodecanese Greek Islands.
Nov. 3, 1943 Officially transferred to 310th Bomb Group.
Winter 1943 Stationed at Phillipville, North Africa. Trained new crews.
Feb. 1944 Stationed at Ghisonnachia, Corsica, joining the full 310th Bomb Group there. Bombed targets in Italy.
Mar. 14, 1944 Shot down and killed, along with 6 other crewmen, on bombing mission to Piombino Beach Hargor, Italy flying B-25C (S/N: 42-64662 “Worry Bird”). The mission included 12 aircraft from the 381st Squadron, 6 from 428th Squadron and 19 Spitfires as fighter escort. His aircraft led the second box of 3 aircraft from the 381st. His aircraft began a gradual descent coming off the target. All other aircraft followed it for awhile. The aircraft went straight in to the sea, as reported by wingmen. Some observed a flash in the cockpit, probably from flak hitting it, just before beginning the descent. No one observed any visible evidence of damage from flak, and no one noticed any apparent attempt to recover the aircraft before crashing into the sea.