CHRISTIAN, CARL FREDERICK, First Lieutenant, # 0-515741, USAAF

 

Carl F. Christian was born on 12 July 1917 in Cleveland, Cyahoga Co., Ohio, to Charles Frederick Christian (1885-1973) and Alvina E. (Helms) Christian (1885-1963). Siblings included Katherine L. (Christian) Homberg (1915-1981) and Richard Christian (1919-1987). His father worked as an order clerk for a paper company in 1920, as a salesman for the company in 1930-1940.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF as an aviation cadet at Fort Bragg, North Carolina on 16 August 1941, and at the time, resided in Cleveland, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio. After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction and was multi-engine rated. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 15 May 1944 a C-87 (B-24 Express Liberator cargo variant), # 30593, assigned to 10th Air Force, India-China Wing, Station 4, departed the airfield at Jorhat, India, at 0629 hours on a transport mission to Chengtu, Chia, through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump). He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. A memorial marker was placed in the Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia (MI, Site 433). He was awarded the Air Medal.

 

His brother, Richard Christian, born 25 September 1919, enlisted in the U.S. Army 11 April 1942 in Cleveland, Ohio. He died in 1987.

DIPAOLA, FRANK BARTHOLOMEW, Private First Class, # 11101215, USAAF

 

Frank B. DiPaola was born on 23 September 1922 in Connecticut to Anthony (Antonio) DiPaola (1889-1978) and Filomena DiPaola (1893-1985).

 

He registered for the WWII draft, resided at 68 Preston, Hartford, CT, employed by Hamiltyon Standard Propellar, and described himself as 5’6”, 130 lbs, with brown hair And eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF in Hartford, Connecticut, on 29 October 1942. He was trained trained to maintain and monitor the mechanical systems on the C-87/B-24 Express Liberator. He was sent overseas to India. On 15 May 1944 a C-87 (B-24 Express Liberator cargo variant), # 30593, assigned to 10th Air Force, India-China Wing, Station 4, departed the airfield at Jorhat, India, at 0629 hours on a transport mission to Chengtu, Chia, through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump). He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. A memorial marker was placed in the Mount Saint Benedict Cemetery, Bloomfield, Hartford Co., Connecticut.