Ewald Anton Mast
Ewald Anton Mast was born in Germany on December 3rd, 1922. He is the son of Albert and Rosa Karscher Mast and the oldest of three siblings. His younger brother Curt Albert Mast was born on March 1924 and is married with three children, Curt is also a WWII veteran and served as an electrician second class abroad the USS Razorback submarine. His younger sister Rosa Bertha Mast was born on June 1926 and passed away on July 2000, Rosa Bertha was married and had three children; Christina Julia Mast was born on July 1928, she is widowed with four children. Just like Ewald, his siblings were all born in Germany. Ewald抯 father Albert Mast died in 1967 and his mother Rosa Karscher Mast died in 1966.
Albert Mast worked as a German national in England when World War I broke out. He spent the entire conflict as a prisoner working as a cook in an English POW camp, on the Isle of Man.
Albert Mast first arrived to the United States, and later in 1929 Rosa Mast and the four children came through Ellis Island on board the USS Deutschland. The family first settled in the Bronx of New York, and then they moved to Long Island, New York. The family next moved to Rhode Island and eventually settled in North Stonington, Connecticut, where Ewald resided there for 15 years. Many of Albert and Rosa Mast抯 descents still remain in North Stonington, Connecticut.
Ewald and Curt Albert Mast began their education in kindergarten and within a year Ewald was placed in second grade. Ewald graduate from Westerly High School in 1940 and went to Rhode Island State College for two years before entering into the service. While in college, he received a private pilot抯 license and had offices qualifications, however because he was foreign born. He was disqualified from serving in that capacity.
Ewald joined the Army Air Corps on January 30th, 1942 and trained at camps in California, Texas and Virginia. On December 30th, 1942 he enlisted into the Harlingen Aerial Gunnery School and on November 13th, 1943 he graduated from the school. He qualified as the 揝harpshooters of the Sky? and received a pair of aerial gunner抯 wings at a brief graduation exercise. He went overseas early in 1944.
Ewald was serving in the Burma Theater, and at the same time he was flying missions over the South China Sea. His younger brother Curt, mentioned earlier, was serving on the USS Razorback patrolling the area between Formosa and the Chinese mainland.
During the 14th Army Air Force抯 combat flight over Formosa on the night of August 31, 1944, Ewald was aboard, and he and his crew were reported missing. The American crew was ordered to go on a special mission to clear out an important enemy installation, but the crew failed to come back. Ewald was 21 years old at the time of this mission.
Ewald抯 parents were notified that he was missing in action (MIA), and then declared killed in action (KIA) by the way of Western Union telegraphs delivered by two U.S. Army personnel to their home in North Stonington. Curt was notified about his brother抯 status when he returned from patrol. Curt was granted a 30 day emergency leave, returning to the mainland on the first submarine back.
There is a Veterans of Foreign Wars memorial in North Stonington, Connecticut. Ewald抯 name is inscribed on that memorial, and there is also an unmarked grave in the U.S. Cemetery in the Philippines in honor of Ewald.
-This information was provided by Ed Mast the son of Curt Albert Mast for the Remembering Shared Honor website.
The following information is provided by the National WWII Memorial website.
Entered the Service From: Rhode Island
Rank: Staff Sergeant
Service: U.S. Army Air Forces, 425th Bomber Squadron, 308th Bomber Group, Heavy
Died: Thursday, August 31, 1944
Memorialized at: Manila American Cemetery
Location: Fort Bonifacio, Manila, Philippines
Awards: Air Medal, Purple Heart
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