Lydle’s father, Samuel Ocheltree was the son of John Ocheltree and Lucinda (Blake) Ocheltree, early settlers of upper Clover Fork. Samuel’s wife, Mary (Posey) Ocheltree, was the daughter of Thomas Scott Posey and Mary Elizabeth Blake. Thomas Scott was the son of William Posey and Sarah Stump Posey and his wife Mary Elizabeth was the daughter of William Blake and Elizabeth “Betsey” Riffle Blake.
Lydle was the second of three sons, Clarence being the oldest and Bacil the youngest. Five girls also were welcomed into the Ocheltree home: Dessie, Leora, Lula, Minnie and Lillian. The Ocheltree children attended school on Barbeque Run; however, the distance from the area high schools at Burnsville or Walkersville, coupled with poor transportation, made schooling beyond the eighth grade nearly impossible. Lydle however managed to attend high school for two years before economic hardship dictated that he find work. .
Right, below: A B17.
The bomber, “We Ain’t Scared” was shot down by German fighter pilot Sander, Flt 8./ JG26 FW 190.
~ T/Sgt Lydle Ocheltree was first buried by German occupying forces at the cemetery at the Brustem, Belguim airfield which was used by German fighter planes to attack Allied bombers. After the war, Lydle was re-buried in Arlington Cemetery at the request of his widow, Mildred.
~Crewman S/Sgt Cleo who was also first buried at Brustem was moved after the war to the Ardennes-Neupre Military Cemetery. Capt. Clifford Hamilton, S/Sgt Claude Deverger, and Lt. Col. Churchill Scott who were also buried originally at Brustem were returned after the war to private cemeteries in the United States.
Lydle’s younger brother, Bacil Ocheltree, was also in the United States Army Air Force during World War II and served with the 92nd Bomber Group in Podington, England as a bomber crewman. Prior to the war, Bacil had served with the CCC in Montana. He died in August 2009 and in buried in Palmyra, Ohio.