SECOND LIEUTENANT JOSEPH WILLIAM KISKA; ARMY AIR FORCE

October 5, 1920 (Norwalk, CT) – August 28, 2012 (Norwalk, CT)Lived at 12 Cleveland Terrace prior to enlistingEnlisted September 18, 1942B-17 Co-pilot96TH BOMB GROUP, 339TH BOMBARDMENT SQUADRON Received the Bronze Star Medal and Purple Heart Medal. Co-pilot of B17G tail #42-40016, aka “The Character”. Shot down over Augsburg, Germany and crashed 30 miles southwest ofContinue 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 old; unmarriedLast 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 armyaircorps-376bg.com: Ole Rock, serial number 41-11618, was one of the 23 HALPRO B-24s.  HerContinue 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 old; unmarriedLast 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 100thbg.com:  Aircraft B-17G, #42-37975, dateContinue 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 old; married to the former Gracie Merrill Sugden July 31, 1936 in Pound Ridge, NYLast local address: 32 Harbor Ave, NorwalkEnlisted on February 2, 1943460TH BOMBER GROUP (HEAVY), 760TH BOMBER SQUADRON Awarded the Air Medal (3 times) and the Purple Heart Medal. From TheContinue 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 old; unmarriedLast local address: 21 ½ Tierney Street, NorwalkService number: O-206585590TH 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 old; unmarriedLast local address: 30 Cove Avenue, East NorwalkEnlisted on December 18, 1941Service number: O-79115392ND 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 old; unmarriedLast 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, 1945Continue 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 old; married to Billie J. Semple who lived in Modesto, CaliforniaLast 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 Heart Medal Norwalk High SchoolContinue reading “FIRST LIEUTENANT WARREN EVERETT SEMPLE; U.S. ARMY AIR FORCE”

TECHNICAL SERGEANT WARD MEEKER SACKAL; U.S. ARMY AIR FORCE

Unknown date in 1923 – December 31, 1943; 19 or 20 years old; unmarriedLast local address: 11 Westport Avenue, NorwalkEnlisted January 7, 1942Service number: 11041277392ND BOMBER GROUP, 578TH BOMBER SQUADRON Awarded the Air Medal (three times) and the Purple Heart Medal. Norwalk High School Class of ’41 MISSION REPORT:Target: ST JEAN D’ANGLEY (FRANCE)31 December 1943MACR:Continue reading “TECHNICAL SERGEANT WARD MEEKER SACKAL; U.S. ARMY AIR FORCE”

SECOND LIEUTENANT NORMAN PHILIP ROSENFIELD; U.S. ARMY AIR FORCE

November 30, 1921 (Norwalk, CT) – November 11, 1944; 22 years old; unmarriedLast local address: 9 Bayview Avenue, NorwalkEnlisted February 25, 1943Service number: O-206089515TH AIR FORCE, 97TH BOMBER GROUP (HEAVY), 414TH BOMBER SQUADRONMissing in Action (MIA) Awarded the Air Medal and Purple Heart Medal Norwalk High School Class of ‘39 On B-17G #44-6338 that failedContinue reading “SECOND LIEUTENANT NORMAN PHILIP ROSENFIELD; U.S. ARMY AIR FORCE”