|Harold John James (Diz) Kronenberg|
|SGT. HAROLD KRONENBERG
Staff Sergeant Harold J. Kronenberg, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Kronenberg, 637 Spring Street, has arrived somewhere in North Africa, according to word received by his parents.
He enlisted in the Air Corps as a gunner on October 19, 1942 and received his basic training at Jefferson Barracks, MO. He later attended the Las Vegas Gunnery School at Nevada, where he received his gunner's wings. Further training was received at MacDill Field, Tampa, FL; Dalbart, TX; Lowry Field, Denver, CO; and Pyote, Texas.
Staff Sergeant. Kronenberg is now serving as a First Armorer and Gunner on a B-17.
He has two brothers serving overseas: Staff Sergeant Donald Kronenberg, in England, and Corporal Wayne Kronenberg, who has served two years in New Guinea.
|Turret Gunner Recalls Getting German Fighter|
|TYNDALL FIELD, FL—Back in this country, after
completing 41 combat missions as a ball turret gunner with the 8th and
15th Air Forces, Staff Sergeant Harold J. Kronenberg, now stationed at Tyndall
Field, will never forget the day he got a German fighter.
"We were over Padua in Italy and the fighters were out in force. Both our wingmen were knocked down, but we weren't touched. Two fighters came in at us from the tail. The tail gunner and I let fly with everything we had, and they both went down. We decided to share honors on the two kills."
Sergeant Kronenberg, who hails from Eau Claire, Wisconsin, had 21 raids over Italy and 20 over France and Germany. He was over Berlin a total of five times.
"The fighters were out the first couple of times over the Nazi capital," relates Sergeant Kronenberg, "'but it was only flak on the last three raids. Our B-17 led a charmed life. We never counted more than forty holes in the plane after we got back to the base. I guess we were pretty lucky."
Holder of the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with seven Oak Leaf Clusters, Sergeant Kronenberg participated in the second raid on Rome and numerous raids over Monte Casino.
"We didn't like bombing a monastery, but the Nazis were dug in there and the ground troops couldn't advance. It made all of us feel pretty good to know that we were helping out the boys on the ground."
Sergeant Kronenberg was stationed in England when the Nazis started sending their buzz bombs over. "It was amazing to see how calm the Londoners could be," he said. "We'd be in a movie theater, for example, and the alert would be sounded. Nobody would even make a move to leave. They'd just sit there and sweat it out."
Sergeant Kronenberg was a high school student before the war and hopes to take advantage of the GI Bill of Rights and go to college after the shooting's over. His parents live at 635 Spring Street.
|Sgt. Kronenberg Makes 41 Raids as Turret Gunner|
|AN AIR SERVICE COMMAND STATION, Somewhere in England—Technical Sergeant Harold J. Kronenberg, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank
Kronenberg, 635 Spring Street, recently passed through this Air Service
Command Station, en route to a well-earned rest, after 41 missions as a
ball turret gunner on a Flying Fortress.
Sergeant Kronenberg has been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal, and seven Oak Leaf Clusters.
Staff Sergeant Harold J. Kronenberg, 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Kronenberg, 635 Spring Street, has arrived at the Army Air Forces Redistribution Station at Miami Beach for reassignment processing, after completing 41 missions as gunner in the European Theater for eight months. He holds the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with seven Oak Leaf Clusters.
Contributed by Harold (Diz) Kronenberg
Honor and Remembrance Book:
The Military Heritage of the Chippewa Valley
Leader Telegram article
|Harold (Diz--"Red" at the time) Kronenberg's Military Chronology|
|MacDill Field. June 10, 1943. George Dragou, Harold (Red) Kronenberg; Dave Garcia. All three of these men played baseball on the MacDill Air Force Base Team, The Flyers. Dave Garcia (far right) managed the San Francisco Giants one year and the Cleveland Indians for six years. Later, he became the third-base coach for the Milwaukee Brewers. At present, he is a baseball consultant for the Colorado Rockies.|
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|At MacDill Field, I trained with a B-26 Bomb Group
squadron which had this squadron insignia. I would have sewn such a
patch on my leather jacket, if I had not been transferred to
|Flying with the 390th|
|The 41st mission, which is not listed, was Vienna, Austria. Also the "artist" who drew up "The Lucky Bastard Diploma" erred; Sofia is the capital of Bulgaria, not Italy.|
(Front) Honorable Discharge
|After I was discharged from the Army, I took advantage of the GI Bill and attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Since I am a veteran and was a social studies teacher for many years, the reader might note some irony in my History grade.|