November 30, 1921 (Norwalk, CT) – November 11, 1944; 22 years old
Last local address: 9 Bayview Avenue, Norwalk
Enlisted February 25, 1943
Service number: O-2060895
Unit: 15th Air Force, 97th Bomber Group (Heavy), 414th Bomber Squadron
Missing in Action (MIA)
Born to Joseph (1890-1935) and Cecilia Rosenfield Rifkin (1896-1966). Both parents were born in Russia. One brother, Louis (1918-1991). One sister, Ethel Rosenfield Toobin (1916-1993).
Awarded the Air Medal (twice) and Purple Heart Medal.
Norwalk High School Class of ‘39
University of Maryland Class of ’43
Member of Beta Alpha Psi, TAU Chapter. Manager of the university football team. Member of the Latch Key Society which acted as host to visiting sports teams
B-17G #44-6338 failed to return to Amendola Field from a bomb run to Salzburg. Crashed near Friuli, Italy due to mechanical fault. Missing Aircrew Report (MACR) 9862 states the plane turned back due to losing oxygen.
Pilot, 2d Lt William D. Faith; Searcy, AR
Co-pilot, 2d Lt George W. Fryer; Fairfield, TX
Navigator, 2d Lt Norman P. Rosenfield; Norwalk, CT
Bombardier, TSG Dale V. Dolton; Pontiac, IL
Radioman, TSG Robert H. Erickson; Ripley, TN
Top Turret Gunner/Engineer, SGT Emilio Villarreal; Brownsville, TX
Tail Gunner, SGT Bredie B. Bills; Muleshoe, TX
Waist Gunner, SGT Donat J. Blazevich; Gary, IN
Ball Turret Gunner, SGT James D. Housley Jr.; Akron, OH
Bottom Turret Gunner, SGT Edwin L. Metcalf; Boston, MA
From The Norwalk Hour December 4, 1945
LT ROSENFIELD OFFICIALLY DEAD
Norwalk Navigator Lost On 11th Mission Over Austria, War Dept. Reports
Lieutenant Norman P. Rosenfield who was reported missing in November 1944 while on a mission over Austria, is now listed as officially dead according to a Ward Department letter received today by his mother, Mrs. Cecelia Rosenfield of 9 Bayview Avenue. Lieutenant Rosenfield, a graduate of Norwalk High School and Maryland University, entered the aviation cadets on February 17, 1943, and graduated as a combat navigator at Hondo Army Air Field in Texas in June 1944, when he received his commission as a Second Lieutenant. The bombing mission on which he was lost was his 11th. Besides his mother, he is survived by a sister, Miss Ethel Rosenfield, and a brother, Louis Rosenfield, who was recently discharged from the Army and who had been with the 20th Air Force in Guam. Mrs. Rosenfield is secretary-treasurer of Rosenfield Bros., Inc., Washington Street.
Lt Rosenfield is memorialized on Tablets of the Missing, Sicily-Rome American Cemetery, Piazzale Kennedy, 1, 00048 Nettuno RM, Italy.
Also memorialized in the family plot in Temple Shalom/Independent Hebrew Society Cemetery, 143 Richards Avenue, Norwalk, Connecticut. Photos by webmaster.