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American Krupp Descendent Bombed Essen from B-17 During WWII

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Newly unearthed family records from WWII show that the husband of Engelbertha Krupp Stroebele’s granddaughter, bombed Essen during WWII.

Army Air Corp First Lieutenant Peter O.E. Bekker, Sr. who had not yet married Gloria Eileen Stroebel of Jersey City, New Jersey when the bombing mission took place, was piloting an American B-17G aircraft assigned to the 325th Bombardment Squadron of the 92nd Bombardment Group on March 8, 1945.

Lieutenant Bekker’s aircraft was one of 1,200 heavy allied bombers dispatched that day to destroy six benzol plants in Germany. His crew successfully bombed the Emil Benzol plant in Essen but did not take part in any bombing missions of the Krupp works itself.

Bekker married Stroebel in 1949 at St Paul the Cross Church in Jersey City.  He retired from the US Air Force in 1967 in the rank of full Colonel.

Peter Bekker Aircrew Picture1Lt peter O.E. Bekker, Sr (top-right)

First Lieutenant Peter O.E. Bekker (top-right)(courtesy Fred Stroebel Bekker)

B17 Mission Log EssenB-17 mission log book (courtesy Fred Stroebel Bekker)

Written by Dave Stroebel

October 25, 2017 at 1:54 pm

The book that caused a firestorm in Germany

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With the help of three elderly relatives, author David Stroebel conveys century-old revelations, photographs and documents passed down through five generations of his family in a riveting book that caused a firestorm in Germany when his story was published in 2013 by Germany’s renoun der Speigel news magazine.

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Stroebele family ancestry in Germany

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Author David Stroebel traces his family ancestry  back to 1736 to an abstruse farming village in Southwest Germany in the state of Baden-Wurttemberg, called Rosna- now a suburb of Mengen. It is in this small village of Rosna, where the earliest Stroebele, Paulus, emerged.  It was not known what Paulus’ occupation was but we presume he is Catholic since his children’s baptisms appear in a Habsthal Catholic church book. Where Paulus and Anna were married is unknown. They could have been raised in Habsthal or come from another area of Germany- then called Prussia, or even possibly from another country such as neighboring Austria. Paulus and his wife, Anna, gave birth to their first child, Theresia, in 1736. It is not known if Theresia even survived childhood, married or had any children. Ultimately, Paulus and Anna Stroebele go on to have eleven children in all- Theresia, Maria, Christianius, Anna Maria Amanda (1741), Christina, Joan. Georg, Casparus, Wunibaldus, Anna Maria (1752) Anna Maria Amanda (1753) and Nicolaus.

Like most villagers in Rosna, the Stroebele family may have been farmers who attained Burger (citizen) status, or struggled to raise the fee required by their new village to attain burger status. In eighteenth century Prussia each village was almost compared to an autonomous kingdom, each requiring burger status to be able to vote and utilize common assets of a town such as a forest or pasturage. Over the next 275 years this first generation will have the onus for creating the destinies of hundreds of future Stroebeles who will ultimately face the horrors of war, happiness of love, the hardship of death, the sting of betrayal. The world will summon their ambitions one-by-one into its vastness and across it.
Wunibaldus Stroebele’s marriage in Rosna to Madalena Koppin in 1783 produced a son, Antonius, who married Agatha Rothmund in Habsthal in 1807 producing five children- Petrus, Theresia, Johannes, Konrad (1820) and Conrad (1830).  German records tell us Antonius was a wagoner by trade.

The marriage between Johannes and Walburga Staudinger yielded five children- Adolph Theodore, Emma (1842-1842), Otto C, John Joseph, and Emma Carolina (1846-1925). It was not know where Walburga was from and Johannes was a school teacher in Rosna. His job was to teach the children of Rosna the Catholic religion. Teachers during that time in Germany lived within in confinements of the church itself. Johannes died from an unknown illness at age thirty-three in 1848 and wife Walburga died just four years later in 1852 of Tuberculosis.  It is not known who cared for Johannes’ and Walburga’s four children whose ages were six, seven, nine and eleven when their parents departed this earth.

Emma married Eugen Kromer, who became the court bookbinder in Sigmaringen. Emma and Eugene had three children- Eugene Johann, Marie Emma and Emma Anna. Records from the Sigmaringen City Archive reveal that none of Emma and Eugene Kromer’s children ever married, nor had any children. They lived together in the same apartment at 31 Leopold Street in Sigmaringen very near the Sigmaringen Castle (Schloss Sigmaringen). 

John Stroebele married Engelbertha Krupp at St. Johann’s Catholic Church in Sigmaringen, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany on August 31, 1875. What the priest did not know at that time was that Engelbertha was over three months pregnant with the couple’s first child, John Stroebele Jr. In all, Engelbertha gave birth to five children- John Joseph, Walburga Bertha, Adolph Theodore, Otto Wilhelm and Karl Friedrich Stroebele, although his baptismal name was changed to Karl Anton Engelbert Stroebele. Baby girl Walburga died four days after birth and was buried at Friedhoff (cemetery) Sigmaringen in the City of Sigmaringen. Karl, the couple’s only child born in America, died from diphtheria a week from his eighth birthday. He was buried at Weehawkin Cemetery, North Bergen, New Jersey in a grave near where his parents are interred. Both are in unmarked graves.