From a point a few miles North of Kyaukme, they were to fly along the road North to Namhsan, covering the villages enroute. From there, they were to skirt the Namtu mines area enroute to Mongtat and head for their base. The aircraft did not return from the mission. He is remembered on the memorial wall of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Purple Heart.

John L. Rigali

SYLVERNALE, ROBERT LEE, Second Lieutenant, # 0-712696, USAAF

 

Robert L. Sylvernale was born on 1920 in Winsted, Litchfield Co., Connecticut, to Robert Frank Silvernail (1889-1964) and Lillian M. (Goddard) Silvernail (1893-1969). Siblings included Carmilla (Silvernail) Gildersleeve (1917-2012), Arthur Newton Silvernail (1924-1933), and Richard A. Silvernail (1934-2007) (unknown why family changed surname spelling).

 

After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed dual schools as a navigator and bombardier on the B-25 Mitchell. He earned his commission and wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 17 January 1945, a B-25H, # 43-4493, “Gloria,” assigned to 10th Air Force, 341st Bomb Group, 490th Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Warazup, Burma, on a mission to drop O.W.I. propaganda pamphlets over villages from Kyaukme to Namhsan; the hill villages in the vicinity of Namhsan; and Mongtat village; and crashed enroute at about 1340 hours. The crew was briefed to fly to Mongmit, fly a heading SE to the Namhsim River, pick up and follow the road and turn South toward the rail-line, but to avoid the rail-line and Kyaukme. From a point a few miles North of Kyaukme, they were to fly along the road North to Namhsan, covering the villages enroute. From there, they were to skirt the Namtu mines area enroute to Mongtat and head for their base. The aircraft did not return from the mission. He is remembered on the memorial wall of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He is memorialized on the family monument in the New Southwick Cemetery, Southwick, Hampden Co., Massachusetts. He was awarded the Purple Heart.