FOLEY, MICHAEL FRANCIS, Private, # 32382310, USAAF

 

Michael F. Foley was born on 24 December 1919 in Ithaca, Tompkins Co., New York, to Thomas Coleman Foley (1895-    ) (NY) and Olive M. (Teeter) Foley (1895-1976) (PA). Siblings included Thomas J. Foley (1917-1992) (NY), Katherine Margaret Foley (1918-    ), Theresa Marie (Foley) Birie (1924-1996) (NY), twin Alfred James Foley (1919-1997) (NY). In 1920 they were living with his paternal grandparents in Ithaca, New York, Michael C. Foley (1862-1927) (Dingle, Kerry, Ireland) and Mary (Walsh) Foley (1865-1942) (Rathcormack, Cork, Ireland). Living in Ithaca, New York, in 1930, the family was Joseph Guy Harris (1889-    ), Olive M. Harris (1895-1976), Thomas J. Foley (1917-1992), Katherine M. Foley (1918-    ), Alfred J. Foley (1919-1997), Michael F. Foley (1919-2003), Edward Donal Foley (1921-1996), Theresa Marie (Foley) Birie (1924-1996), Nora Foley (1926-    ), Constance Juanita (Harris) Kaiser (1935-2002), Margaret Foley (1928-    ). Living with them in 1930 was his maternal uncle, Frank Teeter (1888-    ) (PA).

 

After enlisting in the USAAF, he was trained to repair, and maintain the mechanical systems of the B-25 Mitchell. He earned his crewman 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 capture and a POW of the Japanese at the Rangoon Cantonment. He was liberated about 2 May 1945. He died on 7 June 2003 in Savannah, Chatham Co., Georgia, and is buried in the Greenwich Cemetery, Savannah, Georgia.

 

His brother, Alfred J. Foley, born 24 December 1919, enlisted in the military at Fort Niagara, Youngstown, New York, on 18 February 1942. He died on 14 January 1997 in Palo Pinto Co., Texas, and is buried in the Woodland Park Cemetery, Mineral Wells, Texas.