SERGEANT FREDERICK DEFINIS; U.S. ARMY AIR FORCE

March 21, 1924 (Brooklyn, NY) – January 18, 2013 (Norwalk, CT); 88 years oldMarried to Anne Perniciaro April 3, 1948Daughter Ann Marie Definis Dustin (1953-2018), and one son, Frederick.Last local address: 14 Neptune Avenue, South NorwalkEnlisted on November 24, 1942Serial number 1110277795TH BOMB GROUP; 336TH BOMB SQUADRON Held in Stalag Luft 4 Gross-Tychow (formerly Heydekrug)Continue reading “SERGEANT FREDERICK DEFINIS; U.S. ARMY AIR FORCE”

SECOND LIEUTENANT MILTON STEUER; U.S. ARMY AIR FORCE

February 15, 1918 (New York, NY) – January 2, 1944; 26 years oldUnmarriedLast local address: 26 Fairfield AvenueEnlisted on February 14, 1941Service number: O-803113 (as an officer) 32006967 (as enlisted)AIR TRANSPORT COMMAND From The Los Angles Times January 4, 1944 An Army board of investigation will be named to inquire into the crash Sunday nightContinue reading “SECOND LIEUTENANT MILTON STEUER; U.S. ARMY AIR FORCE”

SECOND LIEUTENANT JOSEPH WILLIAM KISKA; ARMY AIR FORCE

October 5, 1920 (Norwalk, CT) – August 28, 2012 (Norwalk, CT); 91 years oldMarried to Marian Tomasian on May 27, 1942 in NorwalkLived at 12 Cleveland Terrace prior to enlistingEnlisted September 18, 1942Serial number O-816742Unit: 96th Bomb Group, 339th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) Received the Bronze Star Medal and Purple Heart Medal. Co-pilot of B17G tailContinue reading “SECOND LIEUTENANT JOSEPH WILLIAM KISKA; ARMY AIR FORCE”

STAFF SERGEANT HAROLD CHARLES VAN NESS (VANESSE); U.S. ARMY AIR FORCE

August 22, 1918 (Rockville, CT) – January 11, 1943; 24 years oldUnmarriedLast local address: 104 South Main Street, South Norwalk  Service number: 11033044376TH BOMBER GROUP (HEAVY), 514TH BOMBER SQUADRON Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, and Purple Heart Medal From The Norwalk Hour March 22, 1943 Staff Sergeant Harold “Tex” Vanesse, who made his homeContinue reading “STAFF SERGEANT HAROLD CHARLES VAN NESS (VANESSE); U.S. ARMY AIR FORCE”

STAFF SERGEANT ROBERT PAUL VALENTIK; U.S. ARMY AIR FORCE

August 25, 1921 (Norwalk, CT) – February 4, 1944; 22 years oldUnmarriedLast local address: 25 Seaview Avenue, East NorwalkEnlisted on July 3, 1942Service number: 31142791100TH BOMBER GROUP (HEAVY), 418TH BOMBER SQUADRONMissing In Action (MIA) Awarded the Air Medal and Purple Heart Medal Norwalk High School Class of ‘39 From The Norwalk Hour February 23, 1944Continue reading “STAFF SERGEANT ROBERT PAUL VALENTIK; U.S. ARMY AIR FORCE”

STAFF SERGEANT MARTIN FRANCIS TROY; U.S. ARMY AIR FORCE

April 12, 1912 (Norwalk, CT) – June 30, 1944; 22 years oldMarried to the former Gracie Merrill Sugden (1914-1965) on July 31, 1936 in Pound Ridge, NYLast local address: 32 Harbor Ave, NorwalkEnlisted on February 2, 1943Unit: 460th Bomber Group (Heavy), 760th Bomber Squadron Awarded the Air Medal three times and the Purple Heart Medal.Continue reading “STAFF SERGEANT MARTIN FRANCIS TROY; U.S. ARMY AIR FORCE”

FIRST LIEUTENANT JOSEPH EDWARD TIERNEY; U.S. ARMY AIR FORCE

August 11, 1924 (Norwalk, CT) – June 6, 1945; 20 years oldUnmarriedLast local address: 21 ½ Merwin Street, NorwalkService number: O-2065855Unit: 90th Bomber Group (Heavy), 400th Bomber SquadronMissing In Action (MIA) Norwalk High School Class of ‘42 Awarded the Air Medal three times. Twin brother John Tierney (1924-2006) also served with Combat Engineers in EuropeContinue reading “FIRST LIEUTENANT JOSEPH EDWARD TIERNEY; U.S. ARMY AIR FORCE”

FIRST LIEUTENANT RICHARD HAROLD SPERRY; U.S. ARMY AIR FORCE

December 31, 1914 (Westport, CT) – January 11, 1944; 29 years oldUnmarriedLast local address: 30 Cove Avenue, East NorwalkEnlisted on December 18, 1941Service number: O-791153Unit: 92nd Bomber Group (Heavy), 326th Bomber Squadron Awarded the Air Medal (2 times) and Purple Heart Medal He was shot down over Germany while on a bombing mission. At theContinue reading “FIRST LIEUTENANT RICHARD HAROLD SPERRY; U.S. ARMY AIR FORCE”

SECOND LIEUTENANT NORMAN SOLOMON; U.S. ARMY AIR FORCE

February 21, 1924 (New York, NY) – July 12, 1945; 21 years oldUnmarriedLast local address: 3 Lakeview Drive, NorwalkEnlisted on December 2, 1942Service number O-708948462ND BOMBER GROUP (VERY HEAVY), 770THBOMBER SQUADRON Awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart Medal Kingston High School (NY) Class of 1941 From The Norwalk Hour January 8, 1945 Mr.Continue reading “SECOND LIEUTENANT NORMAN SOLOMON; U.S. ARMY AIR FORCE”

FIRST LIEUTENANT WARREN EVERETT SEMPLE; U.S. ARMY AIR FORCE

July 11, 1916 (Norwalk, CT) – June 15, 1944; 27 years oldMarried to Billie J. Goode of Modesto, California on May 20, 1943 in Yuma, ArizonaLast local address: 12 France Street, NorwalkEnlisted on March 21, 1941Service number: 3104238214TH FIGHTER GROUP, 49TH FIGHTER SQUADRON Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal (8 times) and Purple HeartContinue reading “FIRST LIEUTENANT WARREN EVERETT SEMPLE; U.S. ARMY AIR FORCE”