ALDIERI, SISTO ANTHONY, Staff Sergeant, # 11095336, USAAF

 

Sisto A. Aldieri was born on 16 April 1923 in New Haven, Connecticut to Silasa Aldieri (1894-1969) (Italy) and Mary Viola Aldieri (1903-1993). Siblings included Rose (Aldieri) Demilo (1921-1985), Christine (Aldieri) Keyes (1925-2003) (Divorced). In 1930 his father was a millwright.

 

He registered for the WW II draft on 30 June 1942 while working at the McKenzie Marine & Machine Wortks, and described himself as 6’, 175 lbs, with brown hair and gray eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF in Hartford, Connecticut, on 16 September 1942. He was trained in the maintenance and operation of the .50 caliber machiguns on the B-29 Superfortress. He was sent overseas to 20th Air Force. On 7 December 1944, a B-29, # 42-6389, “Party Girl,” assigned to 20th Air Force, 468th Bomb Group, 792nd Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Pengshan, China, on a bombing mission of the steel works at Mukden, Manchuria. 2ndLt Sybesma was the co-pilot. SSgt. Aldieri was the right waist gunner. B-29 42-6389 bombed its target and was on the return leg of its flight to the airfield near Nancheng, about 1 ½ hours out of Pengshan. The formation leader advised 42-6389 to descend and the B-29 was last seen making a 180º turn to its left to begin the descent procedure. It encountered icing conditions and climbed. It crashed soon afterwards. Cheng Queng Lih, village leader, and Shen Fo Chen said that at about 1800 hours, 7 December 1944, a loud explosion was heard and there was a fire atop Mt. Hawo. On 8 December, the villagers climbed to the South side of Mt. Hawo, where the crash site was on an almost vertical side. They reached the wreckage after a climb on 10 December at 1200 hours. Found part of tail section that was olive drab. The wreckage burned after the crash. They found the bombardiers manual in a tree. Ten bodies were found and buried there. The bombardier’s manual had name: 1stLt Bugher, John A. (spelling blurred). He was a crewman of 42-6389. The loading list included 1stLt Calvin L. Lyons, 1stLt Waldo R. Schneider, 1stLt James W. Smith, 1stLt John A. Bugher, 2ndLt Lawrence Syresma, SSgt Newman Borhart, SSgt Joseph Micchiche, SSgt William R. Jackson, SSgt Sisto A. Algieri, SSgt Laurence A. Fink and SSgt Russell W. Peters. He is remembered on the Monument to Aviation Martyrs, Nanjing Memorial, China. A memorial is in place in the Saint Lawrence Cemetery, West Haven, Connecticut.

FINK, LAVERN ARTHUR, Staff Sergeant, # 37439735, USAAF

 

LaVern A. Fink was born on 21 November 1921 in New Albin, Allamakee Co., Iowa, to Leo Leonard Fink (1889-1978) and Lydia Emma (Meyer) Fink (1888-1958) (married 1912). Siblings included Raymond Albert Fink (1913-1992), Ethel Martha Elsie (Fink) Fritz (1915-1989), Dorothea “Dorothy” Marguerite (Fink) Foster (1917-1999), Lester Clarence Fink (1919-2000), Leland L. Fink (1925-1934) (scarlet fever), Geneva Geraldine (Fink) Johnson (1927-2012), Jeanette Emagene (Fink) Rohde (1927-    ) (Divorced), Betty Ann (Fink) Gramlich (1934-2014). The second spouse of Leo Leonard Fink was Mayme Anna Elizabeth Fink nee Haerer nee Waters (1890-1978) (married 1960).

 

He enlisted in the USAAF at Fort Snelling, Minnesota, on 4 November 1942. He was trained in the maintenance and operation of the .50 caliber machineguns on the B-29 Superfortress. He was sent overseas to 20th Air Force, India, on 9 April 1944, and sent to an advance airfield in China for duty. On 7 December 1944, a B-29, # 42-6389, “Party Girl,” assigned to 20th Air Force, 468th Bomb Group, 792nd Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Pengshan, China, on a bombing mission of the steel works at Mukden, Manchuria.