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Name: Schneck, Ralph H. (1919-)


Historical Note:

Ralph Herbert Schneck was born to Rolla and Jessie Schneck on November 11, 1919 in Wadesville, Indiana.  Schneck had two sisters, Juana and Marsha.  He grew up in rural Southern Indiana and graduated from Wadesville High School in 1937.  Before he enlisted in the army, he worked for a grocery distributor in Evansville, Indiana.  Schneck had a dream to fly, and when World War II broke out, he enlisted in the army.  He took part in basic training in Lemoore, California in 1941, and later entered advanced training at Stockton, California.  Further training was at the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, New Mexico, tactical training at Hobbs, New Mexico in May 1943, then on to Boise, Idaho, Pocatello, Idaho and to Sioux City, Iowa where he joined the 445th Bomb Group.  His last phase of tactical training was at Watertown, South Dakota.  After his bomber training in the United States, travels took him to South America, North Africa and on to England, where he was deployed with the Eighth Air Force and became a respected lead pilot.  He served overseas from November 1943 to May 1945.

After a short period of civilian life following World War II, Schneck was recalled to active service and served in the United States Air Force for 25 years before retiring.

Sources:

Ralph H. Schneck’s photo albums and captions in the albums

Retrieved November 20, 2012 from:

http://www.thepress.purdue.edu/contributors/ralph-h-schneck

Note Author: Mary A. Sego





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