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Age in 1930: 8 1
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Estimated Birth Year: 1922 1
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Alexander Sinila B-24 WWII Italy/ POW

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B-24 Liberator, Lt Alexander Sinila, shot-down 14 Feb.1944 over Italy
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Lt. Andrew Sinila was a B-24 Pilot, flying in the Co-Pilot's position on 14 Feb.1944 when they were shot-down over Italy.  450th Bomb Group HEAVY, 723 BS. B-24 Liberators.

"The PEN" ...   it was a B-24, which crashed on 14 February 1944.  From Professor Agostini Alberti (of the "Air Crash PO" Recovery Team) to The WWII Historical Research Team; John T Fitzgerald, Patti Johnson and Barbara Connolly. 
   " I would have another request for you: investigating around the planes crashed in the Mantua area, I have found several intersting cases.  Let's have a glance at the following message to have an idea of how many pilots and planes went down in that small area.

Today I have received a phone call from and old woman who has told me her parents rescued and assisted and American airman whose plane was downed in Spring 1944 at Bondeno (Mantua).  The airman was helped and was hidden in a farnhouse. When he walked
away, he made a present: a pen with the inscription ALEXANDER SINILA.  May be this was the name of the airman?"
 
It's one story that we will appreciate, and Never Forget.  We can only hope, he told
his family about The "PEN Story".

14 February 1944--450thBG--723rdBS--Time:1328   A/C: B-24(H)--42-7710--No Nickname Listed   MACR: 3157    Depart: Manduria A/B, Italy   Combat (Bombing) Mission
Target/Destination: Verona, Italy   Dropped out of Formation, Last Seen Over Mantova, Italy

P: Robert H. Germand; 1Lt.; O-799755--POW; RTD.
HOMETOWN: Baltimore, MARYLAND

CP: Alexander Sinila, 2Lt.; O-691001--POW; RTD
HOMETOWN: Chicago, ILLINOIS

N: Edward A. Wojcoski, 2Lt.; O-809793--POW; RTD
HOMETOWN: New London, CONNECTICUT

B: Anthony Santomango, F/O; T-121810--POW; RTD
HOMETOWN: Essex County, MASSACHUSETTS

E: Peter J. Venezia, S/Sgt.; 31193038--KIA
HOMETOWN: Norwalk, Fairfield County, CONNECTICUT

AE: Rocco J. Mitchell, S/Sgt.; 13100323--POW; RTD
HOMETOWN: Duryea, Lackawana, PENNSYLVANIA

R: Luis A. Vasquez, S/Sgt.; 39268416--POW; RTD
HOMETOWN: Colton, CALIFORNIA

AR: Zelford D. Mathis, S/Sgt.; 34425502--POW; RTD
HOMETOWN: Rienzi, MISSISSIPPI

AG: William J. Rossman, S/Sgt.; 36296586--POW; RTD
HOMETOWN: Racine, WISCONSIN

AAG: Ronald J. Boucher, Sgt.; 19113401--KIA
HOMETOWN: King County, WASHINGTON

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Cook County, Illinois, Birth Certificates Index, 1871-1922
Name: Alexander Sinila
Birth Date: 11 Mar 1922
Birth Place: Chicago, Cook, Illinois
Gender: Male
Father Name: John Sinila
Father's Age: 45
Mother Name: Alexandra Snarska
Mother's Age: 35
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World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938 - 1946
ARMY SERIAL NUMBER 16078796  NAME SINILA ALEXANDER;
RESIDENCE: STATE ILLINOIS: COUNTY COOK; PLACE OF ENLISTMENT CHICAGO ILLINOIS; DATE OF ENLISTMENT DAY 08 June, 1942;  AC# Air Corps;
BRANCH: Air Corps; EDUC. SPEC. ## ##   DEFER. DATE MONTH 04 DEFER. DATE YEAR  03   SOURCE OF ARMY PERSONNEL  Civil Life NATIVITY ILLINOIS   YEAR OF BIRTH 1922 RACE AND CITIZENSHIP White, citizen; EDUCATION 4 years of high school
CIVILIAN OCCUPATION 688 Semiskilled occupations in mechanical treatment of
metals (rolling, stamping, forging, pressing, etc.), n.e.c. MARITAL STATUS 6 Single, without dependents
COMPONENT OF THE ARMY 3 Reserves - exclusive of Regular Army Reserve and
Officers of the Officers Reserve Corps on active duty under the Thomason
Act (Officers and Enlisted Men -- O.R.C. and E.R.C., and Nurses-Reserve Status)
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World War II Prisoners of War Data File, 12/7/1941 - 11/19/1946
SERIAL NUMBER O&691001 O&691001 NAME SINILA ALEXANDER SINILA ALEXANDER
GRADE, ALPHA 2 LT Second Lieutenant ARM OR SERVICE AC Air Corps
DATE REPORT: DAY  14 Feb. 1944 RACIAL GROUP; WHITE;  STATE OF RESIDENCE  Illinois   TYPE OF ORGANIZATION 215 Bombardment, Heavy  PARENT UNIT NUMBER 0450
PARENT UNIT TYPE 06 Group/Regiment/Commands/System
AREA North African Theatre: Italy ; LATEST REPORT DATE: DAY 04 June, 1945 
STATUS  Returned to Military Control;   DETAINING POWER GERMANY
CAMP 032 Stalag Luft 1 Barth-Vogelsang Prussia 54-12
REP ...POW TRANSPORT SHIPS

Social Security Death Index about - Name: Alexander Sinila; Last Residence: 60010 Barrington, Lake, Illinois, USA; Born: 11 Mar 1922 - Died: 24 Sep 2000
State (Year) SSN issued: Illinois (Before 1951)
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Alexander Sinila Sr.: Newspaper Obituary and Death Notice
Barrington Courier-Review (IL) - September 28, 2000
Deceased Name: Alexander Sinila Sr.
A funeral service for Alexander Sinila Sr., 78, will be held at 11 a.m.
today (Thursday) at Davenport Family Funeral Home, 149 W. Main St.,
Barrington. Illinois 
Born March 11, 1922, in Chicago, he died Sunday from complications of
surgery.

A graduate of Bowen High School's Class of 1940, Mr. Sinila was a pilot in
the Army Air Forces during World War II as part of the 723rd unit of the
450th Bomb Group known as the "Cottontails." His plane was shot down near
Verona, Italy, on Feb. 14, 1944, and he was a prisoner of war until May 1,
1945.

In 1950 he earned an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering,
followed by a master's degree in engineering in 1952, specializing in heat
transfer, from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago.

Mr. Sinila and his lifelong friend, Charles Soderquist, formed their own
company, Instrument & Development Products Inc., specializing in the design
of scientific products. Later he formed Alsin Associates, a manufacturers
representative, and Aptec Corp., a design, development and sales organization
for the medical diagnostic field. A longtime ham operator, he quickly
embraced computers, eventually becoming an Internet enthusiast.

He is survived by his wife, Gloria; a son, Alex; daughters Leslie Puget and
Lauren Tripp; and grandsons, Reese and Ross Tripp.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Linda. 
 

http://www.wwiimemorial.com/registry/search/pframe.asp?HonoreeID=550337&
Alexander Sinila
BRANCH OF SERVICE: U.S. Army Air Forces
HONORED BY: Karen L. Hermansen

ACTIVITY DURING WWII
SERVED AS A PILOT; SPENT 17 MONTHS IN A GERMAN POW CAMP AFTER BEING SHOT
DOWN OVER ITALY. 

450th Bomb Group, B-24 Heavy Liberators

Italy

450th bomb Group Heavy, WWII B-24 Liberators;

The 450th Bombardment Group (Heavy) was constituted on 6 April 1943 and activated on 1 May 1943 at Gowen Field, Idaho. The new group was moved without personnel or equipment to a temporary station at Clovis Army Air Field, New Mexico on 21 May 1943 where the command and headquarters of the group was assembled. On 5 July 1943, the group was reassigned to Alamogordo Army Airfield, which was to house the Group for all phases of training with their B-24 Liberator bombers.

When the Group was finally assembled for the first time at Alamogordo, many of the key positions in both the Group and Squadrons had been filled. Both officers and men arrived daily and little by little all sections were built up to full strength. Crews were allotted in groups of eight, twelve and forty-six bringing the strength finally on 24 August 1943 to seventy or full strength.

After training was completed, was reassigned to the Mediterranean Theater of Operations (MTO) in Southern Italy, arriving arriving in December 1943. Began operations with Fifteenth Air Force in January 1944 and engaged chiefly in missions against strategic targets in Italy, France, Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, and the Balkans until April 1945. Bombed aircraft factories, assembly plants, oil refineries, storage areas, marshalling yards, airdromes, and other objectives.

Contributed to the intensive Allied campaign against the enemy aircraft industry during Big Week (20–25 February 1944) by attacking factories at Steyr and Regensburg, being awarded a DUC for braving the hazards of bad weather, enemy fighters, and flak to bombard a Messerschmitt aircraft manufacturing factory at Regensburg on 25 February.

Received second Distinguished Unit Citation for a mission on 5 April 1944 when the group fought its way through relentless attacks by enemy aircraft to bomb railroad marshalling yards at Ploesti, Romania. Also struck such objectives as enemy defenses, troop concentrations, bridges, and marshalling yards in support of the Invasion of southern France; operated from Poltava Airbase, near Kiev in the Soviet Union, to support the advance of Russian troops in the Balkans as part of Operation Frantic, and supporting the American Fifth Army in the Allied effort in Italy.

The group redeployed to the United States during May. Many personnel were demobilized upon arrival at the port of debarkation; a small caadre of key personnel was formed and the group was then established at Harvard Army Airfield Nebraska in July and the unit was redesignated the 450th Bombardment Group (Very Heavy) in July and was equipped with B-29 Superfortresses and programmed for deployment to the Pacific Theater.

The Japanese Capitulation in August made the group redundant to Air Force requirements and the unit was demobilized, and the unit was inactivated on 15 October 1945.

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