TSGT Norman J Fritz

Connecticut, USA
Death 4 Dec 1943 (aged 26–27)
Memorial Site* Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines

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Having actually gone "Missing" on the above date, he was not officially declared by the military as being dead until January 15, 1946.

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Norman served as a Technical Sergeant & Radio Operator on B-24D #42-40636, 31st Bomber Squadron, 5th Bomber Group, Heavy, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Hartford County, Connecticut prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on February 20, 1942 at Fort Devens, Massachusetts. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Toolmaker and also as Single, without dependents.

B-24D #42-40636 took off from Carney Field, Guadalcanal on a bombing mission against Chabai, Papua, New Guinea supply area. They were seen by other bombers to have been hit by anti-aircraft fire, while over the target, and multiple members of the crew were also seen to parachute out of the aircraft. The B-24 then crashed nose first two miles off the northern coast of Bougainville.

Norman, along with the entire crew, was declared "Missing In Action" during this mission.

He was awarded the Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters and the Purple Heart.

Service # 31067096

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Airmen who perished on B-24D #42-40636:

Fritz, Norman J ~ T/Sgt, Radio Operator, CT
Harmon, Albert R ~ S/Sgt, Asst. Engineer, NC
Higgs, Charles M ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, GA
Hughes, Andrew J ~ Capt, Pilot, NM
Lilley, William J ~ T/Sgt, Engineer, WA
Lipps, Lawrence ~ 1st Lt, Bombardier, NY
McBride, Orval G ~ 2nd Lt, Observer, MT
Pritchard, Ashley F ~ 1st Lt, Co-Pilot, NY
Talley, Claude C, Jr ~ 1st Lt, Navigator, TN
Trout, William C ~ S/Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner, MD
Vivatson, Kristjan T ~ S/Sgt, Asst. Radio, ND

Bio & Crew Report by:
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett

Special thanks to:
Jeff Hall for discovering that this record was not recorded at Manila and creating the record!

(Information from multiple military sources was used to compile this biography)






  • Created by: Jeff Hall
  • Added: 12 Jul 2015
  • Find a Grave Memorial 149109285
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for TSGT Norman J Fritz (1916–4 Dec 1943), Find a Grave Memorial no. 149109285, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by Jeff Hall (contributor 47296194) .