September 18, 1919 (Zurich, Switzerland) – February 8, 1943; 23 years old
Last local address: Valley Drive, Wilson Point, Rowayton
Enlisted December 16, 1941
Service number: O-791686
Unit: 310th Bomber Group (Medium), 381st Bomber Squadron
Missing In Action (MIA); at sea
Born to Otto Robert Jules (1891-1961) and Gertrude Escher Froelicher (1895-1976); both born in Switzerland. Two sisters Susanne M. Froelicher Holcombe (1919-2015) and Therese “Dolly” Froelicher McKinney (1923-2008). With the exception of Theresa, all of the children were born in Switzerland. The family arrived in New York in September 1931.
He was awarded the Air Medal (twice) and the Purple Heart Medal.
Graduated from Harvard University, Class of 1941
B-25C #41-13084 “Dis’n Did’t” took off with a crew of 6, along with other B-25s, and they attacked a German Airdrome located at Gabes, Tunisia. Four of the B-25s, including Lt Froelicher’s, were reportedly shot down by ground anti-aircraft fire. The entire crew was lost.
Crew lost on B-25C #41-13084
Pilot, 1Lt Walter P. Crump, Dallas, TX
Co-Pilot, 1Lt Peter R. Froelicher, Norwalk, CT
Navigator Frederick C. Gollnitz, Fredonia, NY
Radio Operator, TSgt Buster A. Larck, Ward, WV
Bombardier 2Lt Francis E. Wilson, Wheatland, WY
Radio-Gunner Private James A. Ough, unk
Gunner Sergeant Richard L. Neff, unk
Memorialized Tablets of the Missing, North Africa American Cemetery, 553 rue Roosevelt, Carthage 2016, Tunisia. Photo from findagrave.com.
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