He died while a POW on 12 January 1945. His remains were retrieved by Graves Registration and were aboard C-47A 43-48308 when it crashed in the Bay of Bengal on 17 May 1946. He is remembered on the memorial wall of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal.

STOM, FRANKLIN J., First Lieutenant, # 0-685137, USAAF

 

Franklin J. Stom was born in 1923 to [father] Stom (Greece) and Eva May Stom. In 1930 he was living with Phillip Favar (1902-    ) (Mexico) (step-father) and Eva M. Favar (1906-    ) (NE).

 

He enlisted in the USAAF at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana, on 17 December 1941. He was trained in the dual role of navigator and bombardier on the B-25 Mitchell. He earned his commission and wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 17 October 1944, a B-25H, # 43-4905, assigned to 10th Air Force, 341st Bomb Group, 490th Bomb Squadron, departed its airfield on a bombing mission over Nawnghkio Air Base, Burma. Its last contact was by radio with 1stLt Harry A. Fisher, 0-750362, at about 1500 hours while in the target vicinity. One B-25 and eight P-47s were sent on a search mission by 10th Air Force. 1stLt Fisher reported that he led a flight of three B-25s on the mission during bad weather. About 5 minutes from the target, they went through a cloud for about 20 seconds and encountered mild turbulence. Upon cloud exit, his right wing-man was missing. The other two completed the bomb run. About 15 minutes away from the target, the missing bomber contacted him. He directed him to go ahead and make his bomb run. The reply was “Okay” and about 5 minutes later, Fisher tried to contact him again but was unsuccessful. The B-25 crashed in Burma. He was captured and a POW of the Japanese. He died 30 November 1944, a POW of the Japanese. He is remembered on the memorial wall of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines.