SECOND LIEUTENANT FRANK BENJAMIN COOPER; U.S. ARMY AIR FORCE

June 14, 1917 (Boston, MA) – November 16, 1944; 27 years old; married to Alice Utz Cooper (1913-1994), in Wilton, CT on August 26, 1940
Last local address: 7 Reed Street, Norwalk
Service number: O-776955
449th BOMBER GROUP (HEAVY); 716TH BOMBER SQUADRON

Awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart Medal.

Having actually gone “Missing” on the above date, he was not officially declared by the military as being dead until November 17, 1945, 1 year and 1 day after he went missing as was the custom. B-24J #42-78479 “Princess Helen” took off, with a crew of 10, from Grottaglie, Italy on a bombing mission over Munich, Germany. After a successful bombing mission, and while returning to base, they were attacked by German fighter aircraft and believed to have been damaged. They were last seen leaving the formation. It is unknown where they crashed and the entire crew was lost.

Airmen who perished on B-24J #42-78479:

Austin, Lynford A. ~ 2nd Lt, Pilot, MI
Bartlett, William W. ~ 2nd Lt, Navigator, MA
Cooper, Frank B. ~ 2nd Lt, Bombardier, CT
Dehn, Arnold A. ~ Cpl, Gunner, MN
Franklin, Merle E. ~ Cpl, Gunner, OK
Franz, George W., Jr. ~ Cpl, Gunner, PA
Mumford, Joseph F. ~ Cpl, Gunner, NY
Roberts, Gwinn O. ~ Sgt, Radio Operator, GA
Sijewic, Anthony ~ Cpl, Engineer, NY
Sweebe, Wayne L. ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, OH

Front Row (L to R): Frank Cooper (B); Lyn Austin (P); Wayne Sweebe (CP); William Bartlett (N). Standing: Joseph Mumford (TTG); Anthony Sijewic (E); George Franz, Jr. (WG); Arnold Dehn (TG); Gwinn Roberts (RO/G); Merle Franklin (BG)

From The Norwalk Hour December 19, 1944

Lieutenant Cooper, Husband Of Local Woman, Was Bombardier With 15th Air Force

Mrs. Frank B. Cooper (the former Miss Alice Utz) of Charles Street has received word from the War Department that her husband, Second Lieutenant Cooper, a bombardier with the 15th Air Force in Italy, has been missing since November 16 when he participated in a raid over Austria. Lieutenant Cooper left on September 21 for overseas from Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho. He enlisted on December 15, 1942, and entered upon training on February 21, 1943. Mrs. Cooper was with him when he was stationed at Niagara University, Niagara Falls, New York and in Victorville, California. At Gowen Field he was trained to direct bombing from his B-24 bomber for combat duty, in an intensive and long training program. When Lieutenant Cooper enlisted, he was assistant manager of H.L. Green and Company, Waterbury, and before that was assistant manager of the Wall Street store of the company in this city. His parents are Mr. and Mrs. David W. Cooper of 16 Rockwell Avenue, Milton, Massachusetts, and his brother, Charles D. Cooper is with the U.S. Marine Corps. Lieutenant Cooper is a graduate of Quincy, Massachusetts High School and in his earlier years was active in Boy Scout work and became an Eagle Scout.

Memorialized at Sicily-Rome American Cemetery in Nettuno, Italy.

Published by jeffd1121

USAF retiree. Veteran advocate. Committed to telling the stories of those who died while in the service of the country during wartime.

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