- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 18, 2015

LARCHWOOD, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa man is trying to find other men who served with his father in World War II or their surviving relatives so he can share dozens of wartime photos that his dad kept over the years.

Ernst Knobloch served on the ground crew in the 97th Bombardment Group, 414th Bombardment Squadron, the Sioux City Journal (https://bit.ly/1K3zvSy ) reported. His job was to keep aircraft running, making sure that when they returned damaged from a mission, they would be ready for the next one.

He died in 1995, and his son, Lowell Knobloch, spends his time searching for the men his father knew. The younger Knobloch flew to California in November to speak with one of his dad’s closest war buddies, who’s now 92, and hear about his service.

“I wanted to definitely see him and get his stories to get down on paper,” said Knobloch, who farms near Larchwood.

He said he would love to do the same with his father’s other friends from the war, but that many of them have died. Still, he said he’s found many of their family members who are always thrilled to learn new details.

Knobloch has shared copies of a DVD he had created that shows about 120 of his dad’s photos in hopes of also gleaning new information. He keeps looking for those veterans, knowing that the World War II generation doesn’t have many years left before their memories are gone forever.

“What these men did, any veteran, should not be forgotten,” he said.

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Information from: Sioux City Journal, https://www.siouxcityjournal.com

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