SECOND LIEUTENANT PAUL RICHARD CONNERY JR.; U.S. ARMY AIR FORCE

June 10, 1920 (Norwalk, CT) – November 18, 1943; 23 years old; unmarried
Last local address: 26 Fairfield Avenue, Norwalk
Enlisted on December 26, 1941
Service number: 11040713
BASIC FLYING SCHOOL, STROTHER ARMY AIR FIELD, WINFIELD KANSAS

Norwalk High School Class of ’38                           Fordham University Class of ‘41

Killed in an aircraft training accident Winfield, Cowley County, Kansas. Also killed was instructor pilot 2nd Lieutenant Frank Ellis Wilhelm of Pennsylvania.

Hartford Courant November 20, 1943

Paul R. Connery Jr., oldest son of Judge and Mrs. Paul R. Connery, died yesterday of injuries suffered earlier in a plane crash in Swinfield, Kansas, the War Department notified his parents. Young Connery, whose father is the Norwalk Democratic leader, recently was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Army Air Force. He was in his first year at Fordham Law School when he enlisted as an aviation cadet about a year ago. In 1938 and 1939, he was a star all-around athlete at Norwalk High School, where he was a member of the football, baseball, and basketball teams.

Lt Connery is buried at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Norwalk CT. Plot unknown. Grave marker never found. There is a Connery plot in St. Mary’s, but no inscription for Lt Connery.

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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