AQUINO. THOMAS F., Staff Sergeant, #12198703, USAAF

 

Thomas F. Aquino was born on 23 July 1922 (per NY birth index; grave marker states 21 July) in Rome, Oneida Co., New York, to Rocco N. Aquino (1877-1947) (Italy) and Domenica “Minnie” (Renzelli) Aquino (1884-1966) (married 1905). Siblings were Joseph Aquino (1905-1987) (NY), Genaro Aquino (1906-1967), James Aquino (1908-1977), Nick Aquino (1909-1984), Albert Aquino (1911-2001), Sarah (Aquino) Tosti (1913-    ), Rose (Aquino) Campanaro (1916-1943), Carmine Nicholas Aquino (1918-1986), and Frank J. Aquino (1920-1981). Living with them in 1930-1940 was his maternal grandmother, Sarah Renzelli (1864-    ) (Italy). His father was a grocery merchant in 1930).

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on 31 January 1943. He was trained to maintain and operate the radio equipment on the B-25 Mitchell. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas through India to China. On 20 June 1945 a B-25J, “Carolyn K,” # 43-27807, assigned 14th Air Force, 341st Bomb Group, 11th Bomb Squadron, Yangkai, China, departed the airfield on a bombing mission to Quang Tri, French Indochina (Annam or Vietnam). It was seen to crash at about 1508 Zulu near Quang Tri (16° 45’ North & 107° 11’ East). 1stLt Ronald E. Irwin, 0-889885, witnessed the crash. He reported that the B-25 came in on a bombing run at 110° across a two-span bridge at Quang Tri. As it came out of its dive, it rocked twice then straightened out 50’-75’ above the bridge. The left wing went down and the B-25 rolled over and crashed inverted, nose first, about 30’ to the left and 100’ past the bridge. It and its bombs exploded in a “terrific explosion” on impact. Flames and smoke rose 500’. Ten minutes later the rest of the B-25 flight overflew the crash at 2,500’. Fire was burning over an area of 300’. Ammunition was exploding. After recovery from Hue, French Indochina, his remains were buried in the Saint Johns Cemetery, Rome, New York. He was honored by the Chinese Air Force on the tablets of the Nanjing, China, Monument to Aviation Martyrs, Nanjing, Jiangsu, China. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

His brother, James Aquino, born 23 January 1908, served during WWII from 25 August 1943. He died April 1977 and is buried in the Saint John Cemetery, Rome, New York.

 

His brother, Carmine N. Aquino, born 7 March 1918, served in the U.S. Navy from 7 January 1942 to 7 December 1945. He died 6 December 1986 and is buried in the Saint John Cemetery, Rome, New York.

GOODWIN, GEORGE MEADE, Staff Sergeant, # 33826749, USAAF

 

George M. Goodwin was born on 18 April 1924 in Reading, Berks Co., Pennsylvania, to Edward Adam Goodwin (1897-1973) and (1) Anna K Goodwin (1897-1950) and (2) Valeria Goodwin (1908-1966) .

 

He registered for the WWII draft in 1942, resided at 631 N. 5th St., Reading, Berks Co., PA, employed by the Reading Recreation Dept., and described himself as 5’11”, 160 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF in Allentown, Pennsylvania, on 3 June 1943. He was trained to maintain and monitor the mechanical systems (enginer/crew chief) of the B-25 Mitchell. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas through India to China.