Grandson of Casperites Killed In Patrol Duty Over North Sea
Capt. Estelles Wickenkamp, 27, Dies When Bomber Is Shot Down
Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Wickenkamp received word yesterday of the death in action on April 7th of their grandson, Captain Estelles Wickenkamp, aged 27, while on patrol duty with the British Royal air force over the North Sea.
The British government reported to this parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Wickenkamp of Stenen, Sask., that Captain Wickenkamp was leading an eight-plane patrol in a scouting flight near the Ornkey Islands. Two of the planes were shot down by enemy pursuit ships, one of them the Wellington bomber in which Wickenkamp was directing operations. All of the seven men instantly killed. No trace has been found of the plane or its occupants.
Captain Wickenkamp was born in Nebraska, but his parents moved to Saskatchewan about 15 years ago.
Besides his grandparents, other relatives living in Casper include two uncles H. F. and W. G Wickenkamp; an aunt, Mrs. Alma Sehnert West; and six cousins.