Army Air Corps Jan  12, 1942 - July 21, 1945

Deceased 1995


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12th AF                          15th AF                        97th BG                       414th BS


Material submitted by his son

Lowell Knobloch


Site edited and maintained by Doug Cook

Contacts from 97th BG and 414th Squadron Welcome!

Last Update January 2, 2017




 Ernst Knobloch’s Service Story

(as told to his Son Lowell Knobloch)



97th Bomb Group Stations During Ernst Knobloch’s Service
Biskra, Algeria Q4 1942- Q1 1943

Chateaudun-du-Rhumel, Algeria, c. 8 Feb 1943
Pont-du-Fahs, Tunisia, c. 1 Aug 1943

Amendola, Foggia, Italy Nov 1943 – Oct 1945

97th BG 400 Missions



Training Days 


Ernst Knobloch Keesler Field, Biloxi, MS



Ernst Knobloch  During Training MacDill Field, Tampa (Sarasota), FL  1942




Ernst and fiancé   Helen Wilke 1942                         CPL. Ernst Knobloch March 15, 1943






SGT. Ernst Knobloch received these Awards, Medals, and Citations
·      Mechanics Badge
·      Presidential Unit Citation Badge GO #66 WD ‘44
·      Good Conduct Medal GO #30 97th BG ‘44
·      European-African-Middle East Theater Service Medal
·      Overseas Service Bars (5)
·      No Time Lost AW 107 Lapel Button
·      American Campaign Medal
·      WWII Victory Medal
·      Campaign Ribbons
·      Battle Stars (6)
·      Honorable Service Badge
WWII  Life North Africa and Italy
Paul Howe and James Bracewell with captured German BMW , N Africa
Bob Hope USO Show Dieppienne Base  N Africa
B-17 Snoozin’ Susan (Crew Chief Buck Jackson)
B-17 Nut Cracker  (see Col. Robert Rast’s story- shot down and POW)
B-17 Fort Alamo II  and Unknown Crew Foggia, Italy
B-17 with Ordinance  Maison Blanc, Africa
                          B-17 Maintenance  Ernst Knobloch top right        B-17 Biskra Ground Crew Buck Jackson, Paul Howe, and unknowns
Sgt. Ernst Knobloch Assistant Crew Chief B-17 Kwitchurbitchen II    Amendola, 1944
B-17 Could Be!   Ground Crew Carl Sieber and Ernst Knobloch     Foggia, Italy
Ernst Knobloch P-38 Belly Tank serving as water tank  Tents  Foggia
Ernst Knobloch’s tent buddies  1944 Foggia / Amendola, Italy
Joseph Newhart, Leo P Sliski, Carl J Sieber, Eugene H Turner, Angelo Fedele (Fiddle-dee-dee)
Turner and Knobloch making popcorn sent from home.  Foggia, Italy
SGT. Ernst Knobloch WWII Memorabilia
Two Iowa 97th BG WWII Vets Remembered
97th BG Fellow Servicemen in Ernst’s Collection
Home from WWII
Ernst with his 1937 Plymouth March, 1945
Ernst and Helen Knobloch  Wedding Day Rock Rapids, IA    March 24, 1945
Wedding Day Alvord, IA    March 24, 1945
Earl, Adolph, Wilbert, Lydia, Ernst, Ben Knobloch and Charlie Hayden   
Ernst Knobloch at 1993 Air Show in Cedar Rapids, IA
B-17 Sentimental Journey
97th BG Fellow Servicemen Reunions
George Gable and Family Cedar Rapids, Iowa 1976
     James Bracewell (age 17)
1976 Reunion Colorado Springs, CO
Front Row: Al Moszyk, Unknown, Leonard (Little Howe, James N. (Shorty) Bracewell
Back Row: Ernst (Knobby) Knobloch, Wayne E. Jorgenson, Paul (Big) Howe, Wadsworth (Buck) Jackson, Herman (Hank / Hog Eyes) Heyland
1992 Reunion
Charles Heath, Benjamin Heath, Robert J Day, Orville Elliason
Ernst Knobloch and tent buddies
1944 Amendola, Italy
Front: Leo P Sliski, Eugene H Turner, Angelo Fedele (Fiddle-dee-dee)
Back: Joseph Newhart, Carl J Sieber, Ernst (Knobby) Knobloch