September 1, 1912 (Norwalk, CT) – May 26, 1943; 30 years old
Last local address: 29 Pulaski Street, Norwalk
Enlisted May 1, 1942
Service number: 31120906
Unit: 380th Bomber Group, 530th Bomber Squadron
Missing In Action (MIA) at sea

Born to Boleslaw J. (1886-1943) and Josephine (1890-1938). Both were born in Poland. Two brothers, Frank (1914-1939) and Joseph (1920-1995). Two sisters, Estelle “Stella” Schneider Yuhas (1922-2018) and Sophie Schneider Greene Dillon (1911-1979).

SSG Anthony J. Schneider of Connecticut was the Assistant Radio Operator on B-24D #42-40519 which 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 B-24 aircraft Daisy Mae and the Green Hornet took off the next morning and were on a search and rescue for this plane. Subsequently, the B-24D ‘Green Hornet’ was also ditched in the Pacific. The story of the Green Hornet crew is told in the #1 bestseller Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand and is based on Louis Zamperini’s memoir ‘Devil At My Heels’.

1st Lt Clarence C Corpening; Johnson City, TN; S/N O-659358, Pilot
2nd Lt Richard J St Denis; Fall River, MA; S/N O-796218, Co-Pilot
2nd Lt Everette D Stoner; Merrimac, WI; S/N O-734847, Bombardier
2nd Lt Ralph S Powell; Virginia; S/N O-796592, Navigator
SSgt Raymond Jackson, Jr.; East Liverpool, OH; S/N 15018396, Asst Engineer
SSgt Howard A Morckel; Carroll, OH; S/N 35312304, Armorer-Gunner
SSgt Anthony J Schneider; Norwalk, CT; S/N 31120906, Asst Radio Operator
TSgt Felipe D Chavez; Mesilla, NM; S/N 38122208, Radio Operator
TSgt Francis L Powell; Evansville, IN; S/N 39021970, Engineer
MSgt Richard E Boucher; Utah; S/N 19011686, Passenger

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 her brother was located on 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 of 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.

Memorialized at the Honolulu Memorial, Courts of the Missing, Court 7, 2177 Puowaina Drive, Honolulu, Hawaii.


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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