Portraits of American Veterans Project
By Jeanine Hill-Soldner

Bert Notheisen
by Jeanine Hill-Soldner

Berthold J. Notheisen United States Army Air Corps, Fighter Pilot
World War II, 460th Bomber Group
Spinazzola, Italy 1943– 45

Bert enlisted in the Army Air Corps a year after the attack on Pearl Harbor. He was called for duty the following year. He went to Miami for basics then to Mississippi and Illinois for pilot training graduating as 2nd Lt. He then went to Maxwell Field, AL and Harlington, TX for B-24 Bomber training then to Charleston, SC for Combat training. After a year of training Bert was shipped with his unit to Spinazzola, Italy. WW II was coming to a close by the end of Bert’s deployment in Italy. During his year co-piloting B-24s Bert flew many missions, inflicting damage on Praque Pilsen Skoda, Blechhammer and Moosbierbaum Oil Refineries, Verona, and Linz, Austria. Heavy losses of crew and friends punctuated the harrowing flights over Europe that Bert and his comrades of the 460th bravely endured.

Home: Wheaton, IL.

Medium: Oil on canvas
Size: 30" x 40"
Price: Not For Sale