TRAUTMAN, KONRAD W.
Name: Konrad W. Trautman Rank/Branch: United States Air Force/O3 Unit: Date of Birth: 15 March 1927 Home City of Record: Oberlin PA Date of Loss: 05 October 1967 Country of Loss: North Vietnam Loss Coordinates: Status (in 1973): Returnee Category: Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F105D Missions: Flew 20 F 86 mission in Korean Conflict Other Personnel in Incident:
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KONRAD W. TRAUTMAN Major - United States Air Force Shot Down: October 5, 1967 Released: March 14, 1973
Hi! I was born March 18, 1927 in Oberlin, Pennsylvania (near Harrisburg). Mom and Dad were immigrants from the "old country," and I cherish my German ancestry. As a child the joy of flying caught my heart and it was "love at first sight." On March 18, 1944, I enlisted in the Army Air Corps Reserve as an Aviation Cadet. That summer, between washing and gassing up planes at the local airport, I soloed and earned my Private Pilot's License.
June 20, 1945, I entered active duty, but the pilot training program was terminated. Then, as a G.l. I was stationed in the United States, Alaska, and Germany. In the fall of 1948 I again enlisted in Aviation Cadets for pilot training. March of 1949 I reported to Randolph Field, Texas for Primary/Basic Training flying the T-6, then to Advanced Training at Las Vegas, Nevada flying the P-51D "Mustang." In March 1950 I received my "bars and wings."
Off to Neubiberg Air Base, Germany (near Munich) with the 86th Fighter-Bomber Wing flying the P-47N, the F-84E, and the F-86F Sabrejet, with 90 days TDY to Taegu, Korea, flying 20 combat missions in the F-84E. July 1953 I returned stateside and with mixed emotions, I decided to leave the Air Force in November.
In July 1954, I married Angela, and soon lovely Diane became our new joy. I became active in the Pennsylvania Air National Guard flying the old "Mustang." But civilian life was not for me and in August 1955 I was voluntarily recalled to active duty and assigned to the 1737th Ferry Squadron at Dover AFB, Delaware. While there in December 1957, another man entered the family, a large 9 lb. son, Konnie, " joined up" to make our family a "flight of four." Subsequent assignments at Olmstead AFB, Pennsylvania (1958 to 1959); Clark AB, Philippines until July 1961; then 4 years at Custer AFS, Battle Creek, Michigan. In July 1965 I was assigned to a GCI (radar site) in Fort Yukon, Alaska. After a one year remote tour I was reassigned to South East Asia. So it's off to Koran RTAFB, Thailand, via F-105D "Thunderchief" training school at McConnell AFB, Wichita, Kansas.
I arrived at Korat in May 1967. While on a bombing mission, not far from Hanoi, on October 5, 1967 (my 62nd mission), my aircraft was hit by flak. In minutes I ejected and was captured within 15 minutes. That night I "checked in" to the infamous Hanoi Hilton.
Many ask, "How did you hold on?" For me, the answer was Faith - Faith in my country, my President and Faith in God, knowing that He was there sharing my grief and sorrow and providing me strength.
My future plans are uncertain. Diane, now 18 years old, will enter Penn State this fall to study Veterinary Medicine. Konnie, 15, is in the Civil Air Patrol Cadets and is setting his sights on entering college. Angela has been an active "barnstormer" in behalf of the POW/MIA effort. I am very thankful for having such a courageous and loyal family.
On the lighter side, I enjoy beer, sip scotch and a martini or so, puff away at Webster "Fancy Tales" and am a soft touch at "sing-a-long" fighter pilot songs.
In closing - Be thankful and proud you are an American. To the youth of America - trust and respect your parents, teachers, and minister, priest or rabbi. To Mr. and Mrs. America - trust and respect your President of your great country.
Konrad Trautman retired from the United States Air Force as a Colonel. He and his wife Angela resided in North Carolina until her death in 2006.
Angela G. Trautman January 19, 2006
Angela Trautman, 80, of Wichita Falls died Monday, Jan. 16, 2006, in Wichita Falls.
Rosary and visitation will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 20, 2006, at Hampton Vaughan Funeral Home, 1917 Archer City Highway, Wichita Falls. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2006, at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, 4040 York Ave., Wichita Falls, with the Reverend John Swistovich officiating. Burial will be later at Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia.
Mrs. Trautman was born March 21, 1925 in Steelton, Pa. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was also a homemaker and a full-time mother.
Survivors include her husband, Col. Konrad W. Trautman, U.S. Air Force Retired; one daughter, Dr. Diane M. Hartman and husband David with two granddaughters, Mrs. Laura Bond and husband Sgt. Russell Bond, U.S. Army and Ms. Amanda Hartman.
Mrs. Trautman is also survived by one son, Col. Konrad J. Trautman, U.S. Army and wife Elizabeth Henry Trautman with three grandchildren, 2/Lt. Konrad L. Trautman, U.S. Air Force, Ms. Cathryn J. Trautman, and Christopher M. Trautman.
Burial will be under the direction of Hampton Vaughan Crestview and Arlington National Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Building Fund of Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, 4040 York Avenue, Wichita Falls 76309