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Walter Michael Reichsfeld

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Walter Michael Reichsfeld (1905-1949)

1950 Obituary [1]

"WALTER MICHAEL REICHSFELD was born in Vienna in 1905, and received his general education at secondary schools in that city, on the conclusion of which he began an eight years' course of study at the Technische Hochschule, Vienna, where he was awarded the mechanical engineering diploma.

After serving a two years' apprenticeship with the firm of Erdmann Kircheis at Aue, Saxony, he joined, in 1928, the family firm of Messrs. Gebruder Reichsfeld, Altmannsdorfer Blecheballagen, Vienna, metal box manufacturers, and was first employed as production engineer.

He became a director with the charge of production in 1933, and three years later was appointed joint managing director. Shortly after his arrival in this country in 1939 he found employment as consulting and maintenance engineer to Messrs. John Feaver and Company, Ltd., London, and in 1941 he became attached to the planning department of the Royal Ordnance Factory at Hayes, Middlesex.

Subsequently, he was at the Adelphi, Ministry of Supply, fighting vehicle department, as technical assistant No. 1 until March 1948, when he returned to Vienna to reinstate the factory, and died there in April 1949. Mr. Reichfeld was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1942."

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