BALDI, ALBERT M., Master Sergeant, # 11010006, USAAF
Albert M. Baldi was born in 1917 in Litchfield County, Connecticut, to Antonio Michael Baldi (1890-19) and Francesca (Giunchi) Baldi . The 1920 census for Litchfield, Litchfield Co., Connecticut, shows Elvira G. Guinchi (1870-1910) widowed, Antonio Baldi (1890-1925) son-in-law, Francis L. (Guinchi) Baldi (1895-1993), Albert M. Baldi (1917-1944), grandson, Dominick Guinchi (1901- ), Julius J. Guinchi (1906- ), and George L. Guinchi (1908- ). The 1930 and 1940 census shows Anthony (Antonio) Baldi (1891- ), Frances (Francesca) Baldi (1895-1993), Albert Baldi (1917-1944), and Edith (Baldi) Coffill (1921-2006). His parents were born in Italy. He was married to Kathryn Mary (Fleming) DeNicola nee Baldi, 8 May 1918 – June 1996, Waterbury, Connecticut.
He enlisted in the USAAF in Hartford, Connecticut, on 2 July 1940 and, at the time, was single. He completed his training and was sent overseas, where he was in China and India. On 25 January 1944, a B-24D, # 41-23889 (converted to ferry passengers and cargo - MSgt Albert M. Baldi was a passenger), departed Chabua, India, at 7:40 a.m., to fly to Kunming, China. At 10:45 a.m., over the Himalayas, the formation of five B-24Ds “was forced to break up due to extreme instrument weather conditions.” All five aircraft crashed. B-24D, # 41-23889, near Jorhat, India. Crews parachuted from two and a third, which crashed, had two survivors. The fourth and fifth, “Hot as Hell” and “Haley’s Comet,” disappeared, the crews presumed dead (Tara Copp, Stars & Stripes, 8 Apr 2016). The B-24D flown by Captain Rosser was last contacted by radio at about 1200 hours. The Chabua field had zero visibility. A group burial was held 10 November 1949 in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, Missouri.