Memorial Day, a day to honor the country’s fallen in war, might not hit until Monday, but at least one Pittsburg man received his honors earlier this month.

Memorial Day, a day to honor the country’s fallen in war, might not hit until Monday, but at least one Pittsburg man received his honors earlier this month.
Members of Foundation WO2GO, a group dedicated to making sure the history of World War II will not be forgotten, discovered parts of a plane belonging to Lt. Robert E. Stover, a Pittsburg man stationed with the 62nd Flight Squadron of the 56th Fighter Group, in the Netherlands last year.
After taking steps to research Stover’s history, and his mission, Foundation WO2GO hosted a ceremony to unveil a memorial including several parts of his plane and a propeller blade. The foundation also adopted Stover’s gravesite at the Ardennes Cemetery in Belgium, where they care for the grave and bring the site flowers on special occasions.
Stover was an actor and served as a paperboy for Pittsburg’s “The Headlight” and “The Sun” before quitting both jobs at the age of 20 to join the army in November 1941. He had his general flight training at the local airport in Pittsburg, before continuing military flight training in Texas and Louisiana until he was shipped out to England in February 1943.
Stover was then stationed with the 62nd Flight Squadron of the 56th Fighter Group which fell under the command of the VIII Fighter Command that was station at the Halesworth airport before undertaking a mission where he was shot down by a German Ace, Siegfried “Wumm” Schnell, who had more than 80 downed planes to his name.
Stover crashed into a field of sugar beets about 1,500 meters west of the Molendijk. Bystanders who witnessed the fall stated that the person fell out of the plane or might have jumped without a parachute on. He didn’t survive the fall.
For more information on Stover, his mission and his history, e-mail Dennis Notenboom, the president of Foundation WO2GO, at d.notenboom@wo2go.nl.
Notenboom said he is looking for any relatives to learn more about Stover. He said he also wants to invite the relatives out to see the memorial.