19 Feb. 1944 — Italy
Frank T Orfila was living at 2430 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA at enlistment. (New Orleans Parish) He joined the Army of the United States on 14 Jan. 1942, directly into the Army Air Corps at Camp Shelby, Miss. He had completed 3 years of high school, was single at enlistment and was working as a welder. Frank was a Catholic, and listed as MIA. Frank served in the 321st Bomb Group, 447th Bomb Squad as an Engineer and Crew Chief working on the B-25 Mitchell Medium Bomber.
Orfila, Frank T., T/Sgt., Engineering, Enlistment Service # : 14079778
KILLED on 19 February 1944 on Shuttle Service Mission Between Vincenzo &
Gaudo, Italy. The Plane Exploded in the Air and Crashed into Lake Lesina,
North of Foggia. Cause of the Crash Was Never Known.
Frank T. Orfila Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces Service # 14079778 447th Bomber Squadron, 321st Bomber Group, Medium Entered the Service from: Louisiana
Missing in Action or Buried at Sea
Tablets of the Missing at Sicily-Rome American Cemetery
War Diary; 3 November 1943, S/Sgt Ofila returned from detetched service (Tobruk, Lybia, North Africa /Gambut Gambit) today.
MACR 2717 B-25 D #43-3414 Near Foggia in Lake Lesina, Italy. This ship was on a "shuttle service" and was seen to explode in the air.
Saturday, 19 February 1944 447th BS: Extracts from Missing Air Crew Report # 2717: Remains of wrecked plane were found in Lake Lesina, NE of Foggia and bodies of T/Sgt. Nowakowski and Sgt. Cheatle were identified. It is believed that the remaining persons are in the wreckage, recovery of which is being made by the 319th Service Group. As soon as additional persons are recovered, subsequent records will be submitted.
A/C No. 43-3413 (MACR-2717 - exploded in air – crashed in Lake Lesina, near Foggia
P Toltzman, William J., 1Lt - MIA, KNB
E Edwards, Earl W., Pvt - MIA, KNB
PAX Orfila, Frank T., T/Sgt - MIA, KNB
PAX Atkinson, Elmer S., Sgt - MIA, KNB
PAX Brandt, George F., Sgt - MIA, KNB
PAX Cheatle, Walter J., Sgt - MIA, KNB
PAX Nowakowski, Ollie D, T/Sgt - MIA, KNB
PRINCESSBARBI_B25@msn.com Barbara Ennis Connolly, 321st Bomb Group