Assisi was a gunner on B-24J #42-73060, assigned to the 10th Air Force, 7th Bombardment Group, 492nd Bombardment Squadron.
En route to Rangoon, Burma on a combat mission, the formation of B-24s came under attack by enemy fighters. In one of the passes, a zero made an attack from about three o'clock. As the fighter went through the formation, it struck Assisi's bomber at about the waist position, cutting the fuselage in half and tearing off the zero's tail. Both planes spun out of control and crashed.
Assisi was from Allegheny County, PA. He received the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.
Because his body was not recovered, he is memorialized on the Tablets of the Missing.
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Gravesite Details Entered the service from Pennsylvania.