Frantz, Clarence E., TSgt

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Last Rank
Technical Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 755-Radio Operator, Army Air Force
Last AFSC Group
Signal (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1944-1944, 4th Troop Carrier Squadron
Service Years
1941 - 1944
USAAFEnlisted Collar Insignia
Technical Sergeant

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Not Specified

Casualty Date
May 23, 1944
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
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Army National Guard (ARNG)US Army (USA)12th Bombardment Group, Medium82nd Bombardment Squadron, Medium
4th Troop Carrier Squadron
  1941-1941, Army National Guard (ARNG)
  1941-1941, US Army (USA)
  1941-1943, 12th Bombardment Group, Medium
  1941-1943, 82nd Bombardment Squadron, Medium
  1944-1944, 4th Troop Carrier Squadron
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1944 World War II1
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-18 Bolo  B-23 Dragon  C-47 Skytrain/Dakota  
  1941-1942, B-18 Bolo
  1941-1942, B-23 Dragon
  1944-1944, C-47 Skytrain/Dakota
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"On the morning of May 23, 1944, C-47-A #42-23510, 4th Troop Carrier Squadron (Olbinski Group), lifted off from the airfield in Dinjan, India with the mission of delivering desperately needed mortar shells and supplies to Myitkyina. Ground crews from the 10 Air Force started working before dawn to load the twin-engine cargo aircraft with supplies. The flight plan listed Myitkyina (Union  of Burma, now Myanmar; Kachin State, Myitkyina District) as the intended drop zone. The Missing Air Crew Report described unfavorable weather conditions: 'ceiling 100 feet, visibility 1/4 mile and rain.' The Missing Air Crew Report on May 25, 1944 indicated that the plane was flying by instruments due to the conditions. The crew made a routine radio contact but the aircraft failed to reach Myitkyina. AAF officials subsequently reported the crew as missing and classified the cause of the aircraft loss as 'unknown." Source:

"Captain Joseph M. Olbinski, already a decorated airman (DFC and Air Medal with Oak Leaft Cluster for operations in the Mediterranean Theater) and a native of Chicago, Illinois was the mission pilot. Accompanying him were the rest of his crew and three members of Merrill's Marauders..." Source:

The other crewmembers were 1st Lt. Joseph J Auld, co-pilot; 1st Lt. Robert M Anderson, navigator; Tech Sgt Clarence E Frantz, radio operator; and three Army Privates who worked as drop crew members that day.

"There is an explanation of what happened to the plane that is based on the examination of the crash site including the remains of the plane. It appears that the plane exploded in air before hitting the ground. This was probably the result of enemy fire which pierced the skin of the plane and hit in the cargo area which had many rounds of mortar shells. This cargo ignited and caused the plane to explode sending parts of the plane to the ground...Source:

Clarence E Frantz was the son of Frederick Clarence Frantz and Leslie Adace Trump. He was called up from the National Guard and enlisted in the U.S. Army Cavalry on 17 Feb 1941. He served for a short time in Troop B, 104th Cavalry as a Private in 1941 and then transferred into the Army Air Corps. He served in Brazil, North Africa, Sicily, Italy, Egypt and India. He was posthumously awarded 14 medals, including the Purple Heart, the Silver Star and the Air Medal with Cluster. Sources: and

"Name: Clarence E. Frantz
Birth Year: 1920
Nativity State of Country: Pennsylvania
State of Residence: Pennsylvania
County or City: Blair
Enlistment Date: 17 Feb 1941
Enlistment State: Pennsylvania
Enlistment City: Tyrone
Branch: Cavalry
Branch Code: Cavalry
Grade: Private
Grade Code: Private
Component: National Guard
Source: National Guard
Height: 67
Weight: 160"
Source: U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946,

The Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced today that the remains of seven U.S. servicemen, missing in action from World War II, have been identified and will be returned to their families for burial with full military honors.
They are Capt. Joseph M. Olbinski, Chicago, Ill.; 1st Lt. Joseph J. Auld, Floral Park, N.Y.; 1st Lt. Robert M. Anderson, Millen, Ga; Tech. Sgt Clarence E. Frantz, Tyrone, Penn.; Pfc Richard M. Dawson, Haynesville, Va.' Pvt Robert L. Crane, Sacramento, Calif.; and Pfc Fred G Fagan, Piedmont, Ala.; all U.S. Army Air Forces. The remains representing the entire crew will be buried as a group in a single casket. Two of the men, Anderson and Auld, were individually identified. Anderson's remains will be interred with the group. Auld will be buried nearby. All are to be buried July 15 in Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, D.C.
On May 23, 1944, the men were aboard a C-47A Skytrain that departed Dinjan, India, on an airdrop mission to resupply Allied forces near Myitkyina, Burma. When the crew failed to return, air and ground searches found no evidence of the aircraft along the intended flight path.
In late 2002, a missionary provided U.S. officials a data plate from a C-47 crash site approximately 31 miles northwest of Myitkyina. In 2003, a Burmese citizen turned over human remains and an identification tag or bracelet for three of the crew members.
A Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command team excavated the crash site in 2003 and 2004, recovering additional remains and crew-related equipment-including an identification tag for Dawson.
Among other forensic identification tools and circumstancial evidence, scientists from JPAC and the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory also used mitochondrial DNA-which matched that of some of the crewmembers' families-as well as dental comparisions in the identification of the remains...."
Source: New Release, Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office (Public Affairs), Washington, D.C. July 1, 2010

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