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Conflict Period:
World War II 1
Branch:
Air Corps 2
Branch:
Army 1
Birth:
1923 1
Wisconsin 1
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Person:
Richard L. Connell 2
Richar L Connell 1
Level of Education: 1 year of college 1
Marital Status: Single, without dependents 1
Birth:
1923 1
Wisconsin 1
Residence:
Place: Kenosha County, Wisconsin 1
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World War II 1

Branch:
Air Corps 2
Branch:
Army 1
Enlistment Date:
10 Dec 1942 1
Army Branch:
Medical Administrative Corps - For Officers only 1
Army Serial Number:
16156642 1
Enlistment Place:
Milwaukee Wisconsin 1
Enlistment Term:
Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law 1
Source of Army Personnel:
Civil Life 1
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Race or Ethnicity:
White 1
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Box Number: 0227 1
Film Reel Number: 2.84 1

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Richard L. Connell

Saipan, Mariana Islands

Enlisted in the Army Air Corps as a Private on 10 December 1942 at Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Underwent B-29 aircraft operational training at Walker Army Air Field, Kansas. On 9 November 1944, deployed from Mather Field, California to the Central Pacific Theatre of Operations and was assigned to 20th Air Force, XXI Bomber Command, 73rd Bomb Wing, 500th Bombardment Group, 881st Bomb Squadron stationed at Isley Field on Saipan in the Mariana Islands.  On 27 November 1944, Sgt Connell flew as an Aerial Gunner in the right scanner blister station aboard a Boeing B-29 Superfortress, Tail Code Z-Square-2 (Serial # 42-24662).  It was one of 81 aircraft launched in a multi-group formation to bombard the Musashino Aircraft Plant and Nakajima Aircraft Engine Factory near Tokyo, Japan.  He was killed when his battle damaged aircraft ran low on fuel and was forced to ditch in the ocean approximately 200 miles north of Saipan.  On 28 November 1944, his last known position at 21 degrees North, 147 degrees East was extensively searched by the Destroyers USS Roe and USS Fanning, and three Air-Sea Rescue “Dumbo” aircraft, with negative results.

NOTE: The National Archives has an incorrect entry for Sgt. Richard T. Connell of Waukesha County, WI; along with an incorrect ASN as 16156645. ASN 16156645 actually belongs to Carl George Hintz, from Waukesha County, WI; who also enlisted in the Army Air Corps on 10 Dec 1942 at Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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