SSgt Francis F Frietas

Massachusetts, USA
Death 2 Nov 1943 (aged 23–24)
East New Britain, Papua New Guinea
Memorial Site* Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines

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Francis served as a Staff Sergeant & Radio Operator / Gunner on B-25D "Miss Ellen" #41-30039, 500th Bomber Squadron, 345th Bomber Group, Medium, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

Although this bomber was assigned to the 499th Bomber Squadron, it was on temporary loan to the 500th Bomber Squadron for this mission.

He resided in Bristol County, Massachusetts prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on March 1, 1941, prior to the war, in Boston, Massachusetts. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Driver and also as Single, without dependents.

B-25D #41-30039 took off from Dobodura Airfield on a mission to bomb and strafe Rabaul. While over Rabaul they were hit by an anti-aircraft shell below the bomb bay, causing the phosphorous bombs in the bomb bay to explode, catch fire and smoke. The bomber tried to recover however they crashed & exploded near Malaguna to the west of Rabaul during the war.

Francis was declared "Missing In Action" in this crash.

He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

Service # 31018577

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Airmen who perished on B-25D #41-30039:

Buffo, John A ~ Sgt, Engineer, IL
Frietas, Francis F ~ S/Sgt, Radio Operator, MA
Guy, Robert L ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, VA
Imperato, Edward M ~ Sgt, Gunner, NY
Krasnickas, Alfred R ~ 2nd Lt, Pilot, CT

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

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