Second Lieutenant Frawley was the pilot of U.S. Army Air Corps B-24D Liberator #41-1117, serving with the 44th Bomber Group, 66th Bomber Squadron. He was killed when his bomber crashed after takeoff from Barksdale Field in Louisiana, while departing for an anti-submarine patrol mission over the Gulf of Mexico. Eight other crewmembers also perished:
2nd Lt. James R Everhart co-pilot
2nd Lt. Augustus H Tate
Sgt. Mansfield Crabtree
Sgt. Louis J Hepler
Sgt. Arlo V Werley
Cpl. Stanley C Andrews
Cpl. Rudolph McJunkins
Pvt. Herman R Sanneman
Herbert Welcome Frawley, Jr., oldest son of
Therese R. and Herbert W. Frawley, Sr., was
born in Seattle, Washington, August 2. 1918.
When less than a year old Herb was taken to
Juneau, Alaska, and hence his claim for fame
"Born in an igloo”, the suggestion of some
He attended elementary schools in Juneau
and graduated from Junior High and Western
High Schools of Washington, D.C. in 1936.
There, Herb established a fine record as
an athlete being a member of the swimming
team, basketball and football teams.
During the summers of 1935 and 1936 he
played baseball with an Arlington,
Virginia boy's team.
At Millards West Point Preparatory School
during the year of 1936-37 he began many
friendships that were carried on through
the four years at West Point and on into
Herb entered West Point July 1, 1937 by
appointment of Anthony J. Dimond, Delegate
from Alaska. Beginning Plebe Year and
continuing on throughout his four years
at the Academy, Herb was continuously on a
Corps Squad. He was a member of the
football, baseball, boxing, basketball
and lacrosse teams.
A very promising football career was cut
short due to a back injury received in
practice. He then dropped football and
baseball from his schedule and took up a
sport new to him, lacrosse.
Winning the Major A and two Navy stars were
only a part of his athletic accomplishments.
Studying did not seem to take up much of
Herb’s time. Friendships were more important
and much of his study hours were spent
visiting his classmates.
Herb's leadership and personality were
predominant in every task assigned.
As a Cadet Officer he was one of the ablest
and best liked "makes" in our class. Detailed
to the Air Corps upon graduation, Frawley
took his primary flight training at Tulsa,
Oklahoma, basic training at Randolph Field,
and received his wings at Kelly Field on
March 7, 1942.
Entering heavy bombardment and continuing
his record of being ahead of the crowd.
Herb was one of the first of his class to be
checked out as pilot of the B-24, his last
assignment being at Barksdale Field,
Early on the morning of May 18, 1942 during
a severe storm Herb’s plane crashed, taking
the best friend a man can have from many of
us but sending to join the Long Gray Line
one of whom it may truly be said,
“Well done. Be thou at Peace”
Funeral Services were held in West Point
Chapel and interment in the post cemetery,
West Point, May 22, 1942.
His parents have lost a devoted son;
Lieutenant Allen E. Frawley. Inf. '42 has
lost his brother; the Service has lost an
excellent officer; and words cannot express
the loss of the class of '41 whose hearts are
standing attention —just say, "Herb is once
more leading the way. His life gave us all
so much more than his death can possibly
2LT, 66 AAF BOMB SQ WORLD WAR II
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