PETERS, FRANK ALLEN, Staff Sergeant, # 18016954, USAAF


Frank A. Peters was born 1920 in New Mexico, residence in Bernalillo County, N.M., to Harry Allen Peters (1882-1964) and Lois Ann (Martin) Peters (1892-1986). He had several siblings, including Harry A. Peters Jr. (1914-1978), Raymond J. Peters (1917-1985), Donald Peters (1919-    ), Kenneth Allen Peters (1925-2011), Robert Stanley Peters (1934-2002) and Peggy Peters (1928-1934) and three more. The 1930 census shows the family on Columbia Ave., in Las Vegas, San Miguel, New Mexico. His father was a railroad conductor. He graduated from Albuquerque High School.


He enlisted in the USAAF on 23 April 1941 at Santa Fe, Mexico. On 14 October 1943, at 1245 hours, the B-24D, # 41-24220, upon which he was an armorer and gunner, assigned to the 7th Bomb Group, 493rd Bomb Squadron, departed Pandaveswar, India, on a bombing mission to Rangoon, Burma. Weather was reported as scattered cumulus clouds at 12,000 feet, 40% coverage, slight haze, good weather. It was shot down by enemy aircraft and was said to have gone down “blazing.” The enemy attacked and the bomb bay was hit and a fire erupted. The aircraft separated in the middle and disintegrated. Five crew perished and five survived in the POW prison at the Rangoon Cantonment (former British prison), Burma. His remains were recovered and he was buried 9 September 1949 in a single-casket service with his four other crew members who were killed in action (Sawyer, Chiarello, Witte and Marshall) at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, Missouri.