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Kohlhaas, Lt. Thomas K. 1924-1945

KOHLHAAS

Posted By: Linda Ziemann, Volunteer (email)
Date: 7/9/2016 at 15:30:22

MISSING ALGONA YANK NOW DECLARED KILLED.

Algona: Mr. and Mrs. John Kohlhaas received notice from the War Department that their son, 2nd Lt. Thomas K. Kohlhaas, 20, co-pilot on a Flying Fortress missing in action since Nov. 30, 1944, is officially listed as killed in action in Germany as of Feb. 1, 1945.

Source: Mason City Globe-Gazette, June 1, 1945
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MEMORIAL HELD FOR PILOT HERO
Lt. Thomas Kohlhaas Gave Life in Service.

Algona—Mr. and Mrs. John Kohlhaas Tuesday received official notice that their son, Lt. Thomas Kohlhaas, 20, had been killed in action in Germany Feb. 1, 1945. They had been notified early in December that he was missing over Germany as of Nov. 30, 1944, and since then had no word. The message stated as soon as knowledge was obtained as to 2 months which are unaccounted for, the parents would be informed.

Memorial services were held here Monday at St. Cecelia’s Catholic church with solemn requiem high mass, the clergymen being the Rev. J. M. Mallinger, the Rev. R. V. Sweeney and the Rev. George Theobald. St. Joe's Mass servers were Gordon Winkel, Robert Holtbauer, Guy Reynolds and Richard Sholtes.

Patriotic organizations represented were American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Legion Auxiliary and United Service Women.

Thomas K. Kohlhaas was born in Algona, March 15, 1924, was graduated from the Algona high school in 1941, and attended Creighton University. He entered service, May 3, 1943, was graduated in twin engine bombers from Moody Field, Valdasta, Ga., in August, 1944. He had 5 days at home and was alerted for overseas, arriving in England in September, where he was based with the 8th Air Forces. His missions were made from there over Germany. He was a co-pilot on a Flying Fortress.

Source: Mason City Globe-Gazette, June 5, 1945 (photo included)
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