August 25, 1918 (Darien, CT) – August 26, 1944; 26 years old; unmarried
Last local address: 6 Bailey Ave, Darien
Enlisted on October 3, 1942
Service number: 31193033
398 BOMB SQUADRON, 241 BASE UNIT, FAIRMONT ARMY AIRFIELD, GENEVA, NEBRASKA
Unknown connection to Norwalk other than he is buried in the city. Born and raised in Darien, CT and lived his whole life there before leaving for the service.
One of eight airmen killed when B-17F Flying Fortress #42-30940 caught fire and crashed, 12 miles west of Farmington, New Mexico. Five crew members parachuted to safety.
The air crew killed were:
Capt Robert F. Forbes, pilot
1st Lt Timothy J. Cavanaugh
2nd Lt Roy F. Weiss
SSgt Joseph A. Chase
Sgt Jose R. Flores
Sgt William R. Steinberger
Cpl Robert L. Blue
PFC Vincent A. Alessi
Sergeant Chase is buried in St. John’s Cemetery, Norwalk; Section A1, Lot 194W, Grave 6.