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These big mysterious, metal, mechanical machines went out of style in York County, Pa., a decade ago

This might seem like an easy History Mystery quiz, but it’s been about 10 years since these big metal boxes were taken out of service in York County, Pa. Time passes fast. They were sold in 2006 after their electronic replacements successfully operated earlier that year. So a partial generation of folks never had the opportunity to use these mechanical machines. OK, what are these?

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Part 9: Nazis murdered downed WWII airman from York, Pa.

York, Pa.’s Robert W. Zercher is listed as serving in the military in a York Corporation poster listing those serving in uniform. By war’s end, 2,500 Yorkco employees had served and 25, including Bob Zercher did not come home. York … Continue reading

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Part 8: Nazis murdered downed WWII airman from York, Pa.

For years, York, Pa.’s Robert W. Zercher’s name was misspelled on this monument in Apeldoorn in Holland. It was changed from “Zurcher” to its proper spelling in September 2006. The York native was executed at the hands of the Germans … Continue reading

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Part 7: Nazis murdered downed WWII airman from York, Pa.

In the early 1940s, York County, Pa., resident Robert W. Zercher was a York Corporation employee, one of thousands playing a hand in the making of refrigeration and cooling equipment. Then came World War II, and Zercher became a gunner … Continue reading

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Part 6: Nazis murdered downed WWII airman from York

York County’s Sgt. Robert W. Zercher, a gunner for a B-17 Flying Fortress in World War II, survived a crash landing but could not escape the cruelty of his German captors. Background posts: World War II in York County, by … Continue reading

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Nazis murdered downed WWII airman from York, Part V

This flag at York Corporation’s West York plant shows that 24 Gold-Star employees lost their lives in World War II through V-E Day, May 1945. At that point, 1,148 had served in the military. Robert W. Zercher, branded a terrorist … Continue reading

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Nazis murdered downed airman from York County, Part IIII

This artwork was the header for a York Corporation poster detailing employees serving in the military in World War II – and those who died. This was distributed in “Shop News,” a newsletter for employees at home and in the … Continue reading

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Nazis murdered downed airman from York, Part III

Nazis murdered … Part I and Nazis murdered … Part II . For years, St. Paul’s Cathedral in London has displayed a roll of honor bearing the names of Americans serving with the Canadian, British and United States Armed Forces … Continue reading

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Nazis murdered downed WWII airman from York – Part II

York County’s Sgt. Robert W. Zercher, a gunner for a B-17 Flying Fortress in World War II, survived a crash landing but could not escape the cruelty of his German captors. For a full account about this downed airman, with … Continue reading

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Nazis murdered downed WWII airman from York County, Pa. – Part I

  This page from “In the Thick of the Fight,” profiles several of the 25 York Corporation employees who died in uniform in World War II, according to “Shop News,” Yorkco’s newsletter. A researcher has shared additional information on the death … Continue reading

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