Kenneth Nicholas Wurtz was born on July 29, 1915 in Linn County, Kansas. He was a gunner on the B-17 43-38660 aircraft which took off from Station 119 in Horham, Suffolk, UK, on a mission to bomb Heilbronn, Germany on 20 January 1945. Shot down by flak over Hirtzfelden, France. Six of the crew parachuted safely and were taken prisoner (including Wurtz) while four died in the wreckage. Kenneth survived the war and died on April 8, 1996 at the age of 80 in Ponca City, Kay County, Oklahoma. He is now buried in the Pleasanton Cemetery, Pleasanton, Linn County, Kansas, USA.