September 1, 1912 (Norwalk, CT) – May 26, 1943; 30 years old; unmarried
Last local address: 29 Pulaski Street, Norwalk
Enlisted May 1, 1942
Service number: 31120906
380TH BOMBER GROUP, 530TH BOMBER SQUADRON
Missing In Action (MIA) at sea
SSG Anthony J. Schneider of Connecticut was the Assistant Radio Operator on B-24D #42-40519 that was lost at sea in the Pacific. This aircraft left Hickam Field, Oahu, Hawaii on 26 May 1943 for an intermediate stop on Canton Island and disappeared in the Pacific Ocean. It never reached Canton Island. The final destination was Amberly Field, Australia. The cause is unknown.
The Norwalk Hour June 1, 1943
Staff Sergeant Anthony J. Schneider of 29 Pulaski Street, has been reported as “missing as of May 26” by the War Department it was learned this morning from a telegram received by his sister Mrs. Sophie Greer. Sergeant Schneider was reported “missing” in the Pacific area, and Mrs. Green said that she feels that her brother was located in one of the islands off the shore of California. Mrs. Green and friends had received letters from Sergeant Schneider written as late as May 24, in which he reported having a “swell time swimming and seeing movies.” He was a radio operator and gunner on a B-24 Liberator bomber and was recently sent to Hamilton Beach, California. The remainder of the squadron continued to the Pacific, but the ship in which Sergeant Schneider is a member, had engine trouble and remained behind. He was employed by Plant Number 2, Hat Corporation of America prior to his induction in the U.S. Army on May 1, 1942.