671st BS Patch

416th Bombardment Group (L)

S/Sgt. Egon Willie Rust

Airplane Mechanic-Gunner,  38365727

Prisoner Of War

671st Bombardment Squadron (L)


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  Born: 25-Apr-1923, New Braunfels, Comal County, Texas

Entered Military Service: Date: 18-Jan-1943 At: Ft Sam Houston, TX
NARA Enlistment Record: Enlisted Serial # 38365727

POW summary:
Fail to Return Date: 12-May-1944
Captured: 12-May-1944, Near place of crash (1 1/2 km southwest of Beauvoir, 5 km southwest of Frevent, 12 May 1944 1920 hrs), By: Antiaircraft unit
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 4 Gross-Tychow (formerly Heydekrug) Pomerania, Prussia (moved to Wobbelin Bei Ludwigslust) (To Usedom Bei Savenmunde) 54-16
Return Date: 14-Jun-1945
NARA WW II POW Data File Latest Report Date: 14-Jun-1945
NARA WW II POW Data File ID: 110229

Died: 5-Feb-2002, New Braunfels, Comal County, Texas

On-line Memorials:
National World War II Registry


Obituaries for Feb. 8, 2002

Egon W. Rust was called home to be with his Savior on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2002 at the age of 78 years. He was born April 25, 1923 in New Braunfels, Tex. to Henry A. and Ellie (Herlet) Rust. He married Gladys M. Bischoff on August 22, 1950 in New Braunfels. He was a retired Parts Department Manager for Krueger Motor Company, Kenagy Motor Company and Milt Ferguson Motor. Mr. Rust was a member of Cross Lutheran Church. Mr. Rust was a Prisoner of War during WWII while serving in the Army Air Force. He was a member of VFW Post 7110, Disabled American Veterans, and San Antonio Chapter No.1 of American Ex Prisoners of War.

He is survived by his wife, Gladys Rust of New Braunfels; two sons, Mike Rust and his wife Libby and Dennis Rust and his wife Mary, all of New Braunfels; one brother, Hilmar Rust of Norman, Oklahoma; five grandchildren, Bryan Rust and wife Susan of Austin, Tex., Jennifer Lee and husband Jason, Dawn Alexander and husband Zach, Andrew Rust and Matt Rust, all of New Braunfels; three great-grandchildren, Emma Rust and Clara Rust of Austin and Brianna Alexander of New Braunfels; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Visitation will be from 8 a.m. Friday until 8:30 a.m.. Saturday at Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Friday.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, 2002 at Cross Lutheran Church with the Rev. Donald Fraker officiating. Interment will follow at Guadalupe Valley Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Cross Lutheran Church.

Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home New Braunfels

New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, 8-Feb-2002, Egon W. Rust On-Line Obituary, herald-zeitung.com, (http://herald-zeitung.com/obituaries/article_24da374d-ae31-54eb-a29b-1115bab2969b.html : accessed 21 April 2021)

MACR 4634 Details

A/C Seen to Crash. Lost as a result of Enemy Anti-Aircraft. While on bomb run just after the release of bombs, aircraft received direct hit from flak under bomb bay. Flames exploded aircraft [unreadable].

One plane received a direct hit from flak while in the target area. It burst into flames and crashed a mile west of the target. Two chutes were seen to come out of the plane. Its crew was 1st Lt Robert E. Stockwell, pilot, 2d Lt Albert Jedinak, bombardier-navigator, S/Sgt Hollis A. Foster and S/Sgt Egon W. Rust, gunners. Lt Stockwell had been with the Group almost from the beginning of its existence.
(416th BG History 1944)

See also Mission # 46

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See Also:
Prisoner Of War (POW) Camps
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POW/E&E Terms and Acronyms
POW/E&E Sources, References, Resources