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Conflict Period:
World War II 1
Branch:
Army 1
Birth:
10 Mar 1917 2
1917 1
Forest Park, IL 2
Illinois 1
Death:
28 Nov 1942 3
Bizerte, Tunisia, North Africa 3
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Tech Sargent Frank J Conlon Jr.
Tech Sargent Frank J Conlon Jr.
b 10 Mar 1917, d 28 Nov 1942 Army Air Force MACR 16038
Sheet 2a
Sheet 2a
301st First African Missions
301st First African Missions
Lt. Maher commanded the B-17 T/Sgt Frank J Conlon Jr was radio operator of.
MACR 16038-2
MACR 16038-2
MACR 16038 page 2
MACR 16038-3
MACR 16038-3
MACR 16038 page 3
MACR 16038-4
MACR 16038-4
MACR 16038 page 4
MACR 16038-1
MACR 16038-1
MACR 16038 page 1
1930 Census Frank J. Conlon family of Illinois
1930 Census Frank J. Conlon family of Illinois
Frank J Conlon Jr. was 13 when the 1930 Census was taken.
1942 Europe Action Reports
1942 Europe Action Reports
353rd Squadron 301st Bomb Group. Frank Conlon was in Lt. Maher's (pilot) aircraft # 124374. This documents their participation in the 8th Air Force in the fall of 1942 before being transferred to General Jimmy Doolittle's newly formed 12th Air Force in support of the Allied invasion of North Africa.
B-17F Berlin Sleeper
B-17F Berlin Sleeper
I don't have a photo of Frank Conlon Jr's aircraft, but this plane #124370 is just 4 serial numbers away from Frank's B-17F #124374.
Frank J. Conlon, Jr. Memorial at Arlington, Section G
Frank J. Conlon, Jr. Memorial at Arlington, Section G
Memorial tombstone (empty grave), Arlington Section G
T/Sgt Frank J. Conlon Jr.
T/Sgt Frank J. Conlon Jr.
Frank J. Conlon Jr. in B17 flight gear.
Frank J. Conlon Jr listing
Frank J. Conlon Jr listing
Listing on the Tablets of the Missing at North Africa American Cemetary, Carthage, Tunisia.

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Person:
Frank J Conlon Jr 1
Level of Education: 4 years of high school 1
Marital Status: Single, without dependents 1
Birth:
10 Mar 1917 2
1917 1
Forest Park, IL 2
Illinois 1
Male 2
Death:
28 Nov 1942 3
Bizerte, Tunisia, North Africa 3
Cause: B-17 shot down; plane exploded after crashing 3
Burial:
Burial Date: 28 Nov 1942 4
Burial Place: North Africa American Cemetary, Carthage, Tunisia, Tablets of the Missing 4
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Birth:
Mother: Delia Lyons Conlon 2
Father: Francis Joseph Conlon St. 2
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World War II 1

Branch:
Army 1
Enlistment Date:
19 Jun 1941 1
Army Branch:
Air Corps 1
Army Component:
Regular Army (including Officers, Nurses, Warrant Officers, and Enlisted Men) 1
Army Serial Number:
13023449 1
Enlistment Place:
Washington District Of Columbia 1
Source of Army Personnel:
Civil Life 1
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Occupation:
Semiskilled chauffeurs and drivers, bus, taxi, truck, and tractor 1
Race or Ethnicity:
White 1
Source Information:
Box Number: 0115 1
Film Reel Number: 1.115 1

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Memories of Frank Conlon Jr

Forest Park, IL

(As of 2009) My mother Florence Conlon Novak (now 83) was one of Frank J Conlon's first cousin, and recalls a few details.  Frank was known as ‘Frannie’ while growing up.  He was the youngest in his family, and the only son.  Frank enlisted in June 1941 (before Pearl Harbor), and his parents were much against the enlistment.  He didn’t enlist in Chicago, he did it in Washington DC, apparently while visiting his sisters Rita and Bonnie who lived there.

 

His unit, the 301st Bombardment Group, deployed to England in 1942 to become part of the 8th Air Force, where they flew several missions.  In October 1942, the 301st was sent to Africa to help form the new 12th Air Force.  On their first mission against Rommel's Afrika Corps docks at Bizerte, Tunesia, his plane was shot down (along with another bomber) when they were attacked by 27 German fighters.  There were conflicting reports in Air Force MACR 16038; initially the crew was reported missing, then when Allied ground forces captured Bizerte on May 8, 1943, a United Press dispatch on the same date reported the crew captured and hospitalized.  However the Germans and Italians never reported the crew as POWs (via the International Red Cross), and on 28 Nov 1943 (one year later) the crew was declared MIssing and Presumed Dead.

Frank's name (along with his crew mates) is listed on the "Tablets of the Missing" at the North African American Cemetary near Carthage, Tunesia.

     By Chris Novak, chrisjnovak@gmail.com, first cousin once removed of Frank J Conlon Jr.

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