MOYER, FRANK HERMAN, Second Lieutenant, # 0-784912, USAAF


Frank H. Moyer was born on 11 February 1918 in Braddock, Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania, to Eugene Letroupe Moyer (1895-1960) and Ethel Clara (Szarvack) Moyer (1900-1974) (married 10 April 1917, Wellsburg, Brooke Co., WVA). Siblings were Elmer Lee Moyer (1920-1986), David B. Moyer (1923-    ).  He was married to Mary L. (Billante) Schwartz nee Moyer (1916-1957) on 20 December 1944.


He registered for the WWII draft in 1940, resided at 1701 Wilson St., Braddock, PA, and described himself as 5’ 10 ½”, 165 lbs, with brown hair and eyes. He enlisted (Enlisted SN 33074048) in the USAAF on 7 December 1941. He was sent overseas to China to 20th Air Force on about May 1945. On 19 March 1946 a B-17G, # 44-83779, assigned to 20th Air Force, Hokusekiko, Formosa, departed the Kingman airfield at Shanghai, China, at 0106 Zulu, on an IFR (instruments) flight to Nichols Field, Manila, Philippines. Last radio contact was at 1030 hrs, CST when it was 180 miles east of the coast of China. Bad icing conditions were prevalent. Gen. Parker had been cleared to 7,000’ between Shanghai and Nichols Field. Search was conducted by 8th AF and Pacific Air Command, 13th AF, Manila, with numerous B-29s (24 aircraft) and 85th Fighter Wing aircraft. The burned wreckage of the B-17 was found on northern Formosa. Civilians found it first and did not turn over personal effects they recovered. His remains were buried in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines (Block N, Row 8, Grave 174).


His brother, Elmer L. Moyer, born 15 February 1920, served during WWII, U.S. Army, Officer, # 0-750666, from 9 April 1942 to 29 September 1945 (overseas 1 May 1944 to 24 January 1945). He died 1 August 1986.


His brother, David B. Moyer, born 17 August 1923, served during WWII in the U.S. Army, # 33439172, from8 March 1943 to 5 November 1945 (overseas 31 July 1943 to 17 May 1944 & 27 February 1945 to 16 July 1945).