C. W. Kolber w/ his son Kenneth just before shipping out
to the Pacific
Photo Courtesy of Ray Pruiett,
Cornelius Winfred Kobler USAF of Penokee KS was the second son
of Herbert and Carrie Kobler.
joined the Air Force early in 1942, became a ferry command pilot
delivering bombers to Britain. He then became a multi-engine instructor
and one of the early B-29 instructors before going to the Pacific
as a B-29 command pilot.
14 May 1945, Capt Kobler and his Flight Engineer were taking their
orientation flight on a combat mission to Nagoya with Crew 21.
This crew and their 2 passengers had to ditch after P-21 took
flak to the number 1 engine. For more details of their ditching