TOMENENDALE, FRANKLIN AUGUSTUS, Second Lieutenant, # 0-802956, USAAF
Franklin A. Tomenendale was born on 7 August 1919 in Illinois to Rev. Franz “Frank” Leopold Tomenendale (1885-1976) (Bohemia (Czechoslovakia) – arrived 1890 – naturalized) and Helena Frederika “Lena” (Koenig) Tomenendale (1883-1972) (IL) (married 20 April 1914, Chicago, IL). Sibling was Lawrence Koenig Tomenendale (1917-2001) (OH). His father was a preacher in 1920. The surname is often spelled Tomenendal and Tomenendl. He attended Northland College and completed the Civil Pilots Training Course. He was married to Dorothy Jean (McCarley) Tomenendale at the Chapel on Langley Field, Camden, North Carolina, on 18 June 1944.
He enlisted in the USAAF in Wausau, Wisconsin, on 28 February 1942. After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction through advanced schools and was multi-engine rated. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas through India to China. On 31 August 1944 a B-24J, # 44-40831, assigned to 14th Air Force, 308th Bomb Group, 375th Bomb Squadron, Chengkung, China, departed the airfield at Liuchow, for a mission to bomb shipping at Takao Harbor, Taiwan (Formosa). This B-24 and another were shot down and crashed into the Sea of Takao. All crewmen were killed in action. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. Crew remains were recovered in late 1990s from a 7,000 foot altitude Kitten Mountain the Guangxi Region, China, and were buried in a group ceremony and burial on 21 August 2000 in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia (Sec. 60, Grave 7927). He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.
His brother, Lawrence K. Tomenendale, born 16 February 1917, served in the U.S. Army from 15 September 1942 to 17 January 1946, a Technician 5th Grade. He attended Northland College and graduated in 1940. He died 3 December 2001 and is buried in the Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, Sumter Co., Florida (Sec. 408, Grave 52).
His grand-uncle, Edward J. Tomenendale, born 10 September 1895 (Chicago, IL) served during WWI, U.S. Army, (1) Corporal, # 2059578, 86th Division, 343rd Infantry Regiment, Company D, Camp Mills, (2) First Sergeant, 86th Division Cadre, sent to Camp Mills in 1919. He died 23 May 1954 and is buried in the Chapel Hill Gardens West, Oakbrook Terrace, DuPage Co., Illinois.