Pilot in WWII documentary dies at 87

March 17, 2007 at 3:11 PM
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SACRAMENTO, March 17 (UPI) -- Harry Schmid, a World War II glider pilot portrayed in an upcoming Ken Burns documentary, has died in California at the age of 87.

Schmid recalled his service in Europe for the television documentary "The War," which will be shown on the Public Broadcasting System in the fall.

The Sacramento Bee said Schmid passed away last Sunday of lung cancer.

Schmid landed gliders on supply runs behind German lines and also flew cargo planes for Gen. George Patton's Third Army as it advanced across Europe. He was decorated with the Air Medal for his service.

Schmid settled down in his hometown of Sacramento after the war and became a successful attorney and financial adviser. Friends told the Bee Schmid rarely talked about the war, although he spoke of it at length to Burns.

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