He described himself as 5’8”, 155 lbs, brown hair and eyes. On 14 October 1943, at 1245 hours, the B-24D, # 41-24220, upon which he was assistant radio operator and a gunner, assigned to the 7th Bomb Group, 493rd Bomb Squadron, departed Pandaveswar, India, on a bombing mission to Rangoon, Burma. Weather was reported as scattered cumulus clouds at 12,000 feet, 40% coverage, slight haze, good weather. It was shot down by enemy aircraft and was said to have gone down “blazing.” The enemy attacked and the bomb bay was hit and a fire erupted. The aircraft separated in the middle and disintegrated. Five crew perished and five survived in the POW prison at the Rangoon Cantonment (former British prison), Burma. Some crewmen remains were recovered and buried 9 September 1949 in a single-casket service with four other crew members who were killed in action (Austin, Sawyer, Marshall, Chiarello, Witte and Peters) at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, Missouri (Sec. 82, Grave 64).

CHIARELLO, FRANK J., Staff Sergeant, # 11041104, USAAF

 

Frank J. Chiarello was born 1922 in Connecticut, to Frank Chiarello and Elizabeth (Dusica) Chiarello (subsequently married Frederick Krouse 1 Oct 1924 – 1874-    ) (1900-1963). He had at least one full sibling: Rose Chiarello (1918-    ) and several half-siblings. His father was born in Italy and his mother in Hungary.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF on 3 January 1942 in Hartford, Connecticut, while living in Fairfield, Connecticut. On 14 October 1943, at 1245 hours, the B-24D, # 41-24220, upon which he was armorer and gunner, assigned to the 7th Bomb Group, 493rd Bomb Squadron, departed Pandaveswar, India, on a bombing mission to Rangoon, Burma. Weather was reported as scattered cumulus clouds at 12,000 feet, 40% coverage, slight haze, good weather. It was shot down by enemy aircraft and was said to have gone down “blazing.” The enemy attacked and the bomb bay was hit and a fire erupted. The aircraft separated in the middle and disintegrated. Five crew perished and five survived in the POW prison at the Rangoon Cantonment (former British prison), Burma. His remains were recovered and he was buried 9 September 1949 in a single-casket service with his four other crew members who were killed in action (Sawyer, Chiarello, Marshall, Witte and Peters) at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, Missouri.