CARDILLO, FRANK, Corporal, # 32443796, USAAF


Frank Cardillo was born in 1920 in New York City (Bronx), New York, to Felice Antonio “Tony” Cardillo (1880-1955) (Italy – emigrated 1909) and Maria “Mary” Cardillo (1892-1977). Siblings included Vincenza (Cardillo) D’Amore (1914-1998), Joseph “Joe” Cardillo (1918-    ), Lawrence Cardillo (1924-2007), Genevieve Anne (Cardillo) Youngstein (1926-2002), and Feoro Cardillo (1928-1949). In 1942, the family lived at 1168 Longwood Ave., Bronx, NY and Antonio work for Wagner Steel, 530 Truxton, Bronx, NY. Family took the Western Union telegrams of missing or deceased to heart and hard. Many thousands of families wanted to know more and some were never to know what happened to a missing loved one. The depicted letter from a sister of Frank Cardillo is a heartfelt plea for news; a plea the War Department answered but with no news.


He enlisted in the U.S. Army at Fort Jay, Governors Island, New York New York, on 2 September 1942, and was selected to serve in the USAAF. He was trained in the maintenance and operation of the radio system on the C-47 Skytrain. He was sent overseas to India. On 25 May 1944, a C-47 (Skytrain), # 42-32868, assigned to 10th Air Force, 443rd Troop Carrier Group, 2nd Troop Carrier Squadron, departed the airfield at Dinjan, Assam, India, to fly to Tingkawk Sakan, Burma, on an air supply mission. 2ndLt Corporal Cardillo was the radio operator. Weather was IFR conditions, visibility zero. Searches were conducted on land and in air for several months. The wreckage and some crew and passengers were never found. The pilot, injured and delirious, was found nearly two weeks later on a trail far from the crash site and survived after lengthy medical care and treatment. Cpl. Cardillo is remembered on the monument at the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines.