2LT Franklin A Tomenendale

2LT Franklin A Tomenendale

Illinois, USA
Death 31 Aug 1944 (aged 25)
Guangxi Region, China
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Section 60 Site 7927
Memorial ID 15409759 · View Source
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Having actually gone "Missing" on the above date, which is the actual date of his death, he was not officially declared by the military as being dead until March 20, 1946 which is shown on his headstone.

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Franklin's remains were recovered in the late 1990's and he was interred with his crew at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia on August 21, 2000.

He also has a "Cenotaph" in the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Philippines.
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A "Rosette" was placed in front of his name on the tablets at Manila to signify his remains were recovered.

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Franklin served as a Second Lieutenant & Co-Pilot on B-24J #44-40831, 375th Bomber Squadron, 308th Bomber Group, Heavy, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Vilas County, Wisconsin prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on February 28, 1942 in Wausau, Wisconsin. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Actor and also as Single, without dependents.

Franklin was declared "Missing In Action" when his B-24, being badly damaged and returning from a mission to bomb enemy ships in Takao Harbor off Takao (Kaohsiung) on Formosa (Taiwan), crashed into Mount Arisan in China during the war.

He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

Service # O-802956

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Airmen who perished on this flight:

Buckley, Fred P ~ Pfc, Radar Operator, KS
De Lucia, Anthony W ~ S/Sgt, Engineer, PA
Deming, Robert L ~ 2nd Lt, Navigator, WA
Drager, William A ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, NJ
Kearsey, Robert L ~ Sgt, Gunner, PA
Kelley, Ellsworth V ~ Sgt, Radio Operator, OH
Netherwood, Vincent J ~ Pvt, Gunner, NY
Pierpont, George H ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, VA
Tomenendale, Franklin A ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, WI
Ward, George A ~ 2nd Lt, Bombardier, NJ

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





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  • Added: 18 Aug 2006
  • Find a Grave Memorial 15409759
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 2LT Franklin A Tomenendale (7 Aug 1919–31 Aug 1944), Find a Grave Memorial no. 15409759, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Hope (contributor 46790939) .