Edwin Dick Stewart, World War II CasualtyPorter County Data on World War II Casualties . . . .

Edwin Dick Stewart
Lieutenant, US Army Air Force
Date of Birth: 1918
Date of Death: February 10, 1944
Cause of Death: Killed in Action (bombing raid over Germany)
Date of Enlistment: April 4, 1941
Awards: Air Medal, Oak Leaf Cluster
Hometown: Valparaiso

Newspaper Notices:

Lt. Edwin Stewart Missing On Air Raid Over REich

Word has been received by Mrs. Edwin D. Stewart that her husband, Lieut. Stewart, is missing in action on a mission over Germany as of Feb. 10.

Lieut. Stewart was a bombardier on a Flying Fortress and received his wings in May, 1943, at Big Springs, Texas. He left for overseas duty in October of the same year.

Mrs. Stewart is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Lutz, 482 Park Ave.
Source: The Vidette-Messenger, Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana; March 28, 1944; Volume 17, Page 1, Column 7

One Dies, And One Lives Is War's News

Both bad and good news were received by two Valparaiso families from the European war theater on Monday, it became known today.

The ill tiding came to Mrs. Doris A. Stewart, living with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Lutz at 482 Park avenue.

It was to the effect that her husband, 2nd Lieutenant Edwin Dick Stewart, had been killed in action during an air raid on Feb. 10 over Germany.

The good tiding came to the Charles E. Thorgren family, 506 Oak street, from their son, Staff Sergt. Ernest R. Thorgren, in the shape of a postal card from a German prison camp. He had been reported missing following a bomber raid over Germany on Jan. 5.

Word of the death of Lieut. Stewart was received by his wife from her father-in-law, Ohmer L. Stewart, of 6 Falls street, Williamsport, Ind. The latter had been informed of his son's death through International Red Cross.

Lieut. Stewart was a bombardier on an English AAF Flying Fortress, and had been awarded an Air Medal and Oak Leaf Cluster for "courage, coolness and skill" displayed while participating in an additional five combat bomber operations over Europe.

Before entering the AAF on April 4, 1941, he was deputy clerk in the Warren county circuit court at Williamsport. He was commissioned May 13, 1943. He attended Indiana university.

Sergt. Thorgren's card to his parents was mailed from Germany on Jan. 12, 1944, just one week after he was reported missing in action in Germany. HE was a chief armor waist gunner and photographer on a Flying Fortress. It read as follows:

"Hello folks. Just want you to know I am well. Being treated O. K. Shall write more when I get to my permanent camp. Give my best regards to entire family and friends. Keep well and happy and not worry. Love, Ernie."

Mr. and Mrs. Steven D. Biggart, 112 Brown, parents of Staff Sergt. Paul Biggart, reported missing in bombing missions over Italy, received a letter Monday from the War Department telling them to have hope until further word can be received, as there is a possibility he may be a prisoner of war.
Source: The Vidette-Messenger, Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana; February 28, 1944; Volume 17, Page 1, Column 4

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Information abstracted and transcribed by Steven R. Shook


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