SERGEANT SAMUEL JOSEPH LOMAZZO; U.S. ARMY

February 22, 1922 (Norwalk, CT) – August 17, 1944; 22 years old; unmarried
Enlisted February 2, 1943
Last local address 25 Tierney Street, East Norwalk
Service number: 31313501
225 BASE UNIT COMBAT CREW TRAINING SQUADRON, PIERRE ARMY AIR BASE, SOUTH DAKOTA

From Rapid City Journal, Rapid City, South Dakota, August 18, 1944

Pierre, Aug 18 – (AP) Six crew members of a B-17 Army bomber from the Rapid City army air base were killed at 10:30 p.m. last night when the plane crashed about six miles north of the Pierre Army Air Field. Three others of the crew bailed out it was reported, and were hospitalized here. Witnesses said the bomber was burning before it crashed and that wreckage was strewn over an area of approximately four city blocks. W.R. McGibney, farmer living near the scene, said the ship “looked like a ball of fire coming straight for the house. I thought it was going to hit the house but it turned and crashed a few seconds later. The flames were so intense it lighted up our whole house like daylight.” A weed fire ignited by the plane was extinguished after burning over a small area, McGibney said. Bodies of the six men who died in the crash were thrown clear of the plane, it was reported. The public relations officer at the RCAAB said late today that al the dead had not been identified and that next of kin had been notified. A board of qualified officers has been appointed to investigate the crash. The dead are: 2nd Lt Arnold P. Sparmann whose wife Marguerite lives at 103 Kansas City Street here; 2nd Lt Bob M. Biggers Jr. whose wife Clarice lives at the Rushmore Motel here; 2nd Lt John F. Hanzes of Uniontown, Pennsylvania; 2nd Lt Arthur M. Lippman of Brookline, Massachusetts; Sergeant Samuel J. Lomazzo of Norwalk, Connecticut; and Corporal Frederick J. Breuning of Peru, Illinois. The three who parachuted to safety are: Corporal Harry F. Mroch of Detroit; Corporal Sidney Nylaan of Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Corporal George D. Honey of Sonoma, California.

Sgt Lomazzo is buried at St. John’s Cemetery, Norwalk CT; Section A1, Plot 193.

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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