Joseph Arthur Freid

LT. JOSEPH A. FREID
Lieutenant Joseph A. Freid has arrived safely at an overseas destination, according to a cablegram received by his wife, who is living at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. W. Stallman, 727 Second Avenue.

Lieutenant Freid is Squadron Navigator of a heavy bombardment group of B-17 Flying Fortresses. He received his commission at Hondo, TX on December 17, 1942. 

He had been designated as leader of his class in academic subjects, receiving highest grades for any navigator and was one of the men to receive his commission directly from Lieutenant General Henry H. Arnold of the Army Air Forces. 

He then received advanced training at Boise, ID; Wendover, UT; and Sioux City, IA.


Wounded in Action
LT. JOSEPH A. FREID
Mrs. Joseph A. Freid, 727 Second Avenue, received word yesterday from the War Department that her husband, First Lieutenant Freid, was seriously wounded in action over the European area on July 28.

Lieutenant Freid was navigator on the Fortress, Liberty Bell. This was his 15th mission over Axis territory. He recently received the decoration of the Purple Heart, after being wounded in another mission.

On the day after Lieutenant Freid was wounded, the pilot of the Fortress, Lieutenant Milton D. Wallace of Mineola, KA, and the bombardier, Lieutenant W. J. Castner of Pittsburgh, were killed and presumably all of the crew, according to a telephone message Mrs. Freid received from the wife of the pilot, Mrs. Wallace, who now lives in Davenport, IA.

Lieutenant Freid arrived overseas about three months ago.


Eau Claire Navigator Recovering from Wounds in England, Graphic Description Given of Air Battle
The photo, from the British Information Service, shows Lieutenant Joseph. A. Freid, 727 Second Avenue, Eau Claire, exercising on the wall bars at a U.S. Army rehabilitation center in England. "He has a wife at home, no children, just a dog, Colonel," the caption received with the picture states. 

An aerial bomb dropped on a formation of Flying Fortresses over Germany sent shrapnel into the back of Freid's chest and down through his abdomen. With him in the picture is his British instructor, S. McAulay, loaned by the British army.  

Lieutenant Freid was the navigator on a Flying Fortress. He holds the Air Medal with three clusters, Purple Heart and cluster, and Distinguished Service Cross.

He suffered wounds, from which he is now recovering, last July 28. The next trip over, the plane on which he was serving was lost with all members of its crew "missing in action." If he had not been wounded, Lieutenant Freid would have been with his mates then.  

An article, entitled Sweating Them In, by Captain John C. Kane, as told to Fred B. Barton, published in the November issue of the American Legion Monthly gives a graphic description of Lieutenant Freid's last mission over Germany. 

"The third plane to come back dropped a red flare as it circles the home field. Somebody injured on board; that's what the red flare meant." That is the way Barton opens his article in telling the return of American bombers to their English base. He tells of incidences of suspense and heroism revealed as the planes landed and then returns to the red flares. 

How Freid Was Injured 
Barton's article continues: "By this time, the plane that had dropped the red flare had come to  rest. The field ambulance chugged  alongside, and the flight surgeons, their little black bags of  bandages and needles gripped in tight fingers, trotted aboard. It was the navigator, Joseph A. Freid; home town, Eau Claire, Wisconsin. 

"The bomber Fortress Judy had reached its target pleasantly enough, had toggled its bombs loose to bring the message that wars-don't-pay to the Nazi Huns down below, and started back. Pilot Milton D. Wallace of Houston, Texas had the ship well in hand.

"This flak is insidious stuff, though. They can shoot it pretty high now. It slips in as unobtrusively as a cockroach—another unpleasant product of Germany—and is as hard to get rid of.  Machine-gun bullets, too, don't need to find the front door; they carve their way through any part of the ship. And a jagged chunk of shrapnel hit Joe Freid, right in the back of the left kidney, tore a two-inch hole in the muscles and flesh, and went on toward his belly. 

"Bombardier William J. Castner of Burgettstown, Pennsylvania, saw Joe Freid sway in his seat, pull himself erect; then sway again. There were fighter planes all round, but Castner left his gun and laid Freid flat on his face, cut away the torn clothing with his knife, bandaged the wound as best he could, and administered a shot of morphine to lessen the pain. 

"Just then, seven enemy planes attacked at one time from 8 o'clock, meaning a point back of the left wing. That was when Castner left the injured man and hopped back to his gun. He brought down an enemy plane, either an ME-109 or an F-W; he couldn't be sure. Another enemy plane had a wing shot off and plummeted to earth. 

"Plucky Joe Freid tried to continue writing his navigator's log, even though badly injured. Giving up, he wrote a note: "More morphine," and they gave him a second shot. Pilot Wallace turned the controls over to Co-Pilot W.H. [**data missing**] so far, the only one of its kind in the entire U.S. Army. 

Basing its work on methods developed by the British army and the RAF since the beginning of the war, the center uses special equipment—all supplied by Britain—for remedial exercises, physiotherapy and massage. The camp is never referred to as a hospital, and those receiving treatment there are called trainees, not patients.  

The trainees are divided into four groups on entry--A, B, C, and D--and progress from group D upwards as their condition improves, until they are ready to rejoin their units. 

British instructors have been assigned to the center, and U.S. instructors are now being trained at British Army Physical Training Schools.  

This first rehabilitation center has been so successful that the American Colonel formerly in charge of it has now returned to the United States to set up similar camps there. 

The first camp of the kind for U.S. troops has been so successful that Colonel Rex Diveley of Kansas City, originally in charge of camp, has returned to the U.S. to start similar camps there. Rehabilitation may remain to serve civilians injured in factory and road accidents after the war.


Lt. Joseph Freid at Miami Beach for Assignment
MIAMI BEACH, FL—First Lieutenant Joseph A. Freid, 727 Second Avenue, Eau Claire, WI, recently returned from service outside the continental United States and is now being processed through the Army Air Forces Redistribution Station No. 2 in Miami Beach, where his next assignment will be recommended. 

This is one of the redistribution stations within the command of the Army Air Forces Redistribution Center. At an Army Air Forces redistribution station, Army Air Forces returnees from theaters of operation are examined by specially selected medical and classification officers whose joint findings are used in determining new assignments. The theme of the Army Air Forces Redistribution Program is designation of each man to duty for which he is best fitted. Returnees live at a redistribution station under conditions that encourage natural response to processing, a majority of their two-week stay being devoted to rest and recreation. 

Army Air Forces personnel, including enlisted men and officers alike, are assigned to a redistribution station upon their return to the United States but do not report to the station until completing a furlough or leave of approximately three weeks. 

Lieutenant Freid, aged 28, served as B-17 Flying Fortress navigator in the European Theater for 11 months. He destroyed one enemy plane and is credited also with one "probable."  The Purple Heart was twice awarded him for wounds received in action. He also won the Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross, and the Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters. 

His wife, Mrs. Mae Margaret Freid, resides at 727 Second Avenue, Eau Claire, WI. 

Lieutenant  Freid attended the University of Wisconsin. Lieutenant Freid spent a month leave in Eau Claire, before reporting. at Miami Beach.


Lt. Joseph Freid Has Reported for Duty in Florida
FORT MYERS, FL--First Lieutenant Joseph Arthur Freid of Eau Claire, WI has reported for duty at Buckingham Army Air Field near Fort Myers, FL, it was announced this week by Lieutenant Colonel Daniel I. Moler, Commanding Officer.

Lieutenant Freid, a civil engineer before entering the Army, is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin at Madison, WI. He graduated with a BS degree in 1938. 

Lieutenant Freid has had ten months combat experience in England.