Conlon, Frank Joseph, Jr., 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
1942-1942, AAF MOS 755, 353rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1941 - 1942
USAAFEnlisted Collar Insignia
Technical Sergeant

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Forrest Park
Last Address
353rd Bomb Squadron

Casualty Date
Nov 28, 1942
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Mediterranean Sea
World War II
Location of Interment
North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial - Carthage, Tunisia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Walls of the Missing

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 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
World War II Fallen
  1942, World War II Fallen

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)301st Bombardment Group, Heavy  353rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1941-1942, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 755, 301st Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 755, 353rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Egypt-Libya Campaign (1942-43)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1942-1942, B-17 Flying Fortress
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
Francis (Frank) Joseph Conlon, Jr. was born on March 10, 1917 to Francis Joseph, Sr. and Delia Lyons Conlon, in Forrest Park, Illinois. While the US Census 1920 has the family in Forrest Park, the US Censuses 1930 and 1940 show they lived in Provisio.

Conlon enlisted in the US Army Air Forces on June 19, 1941 in Washington, D.C. His enlistment papers state he enlisted as a private, had completed 4 years of high school and was employed as a semi-skilled driver of busses and taxis.

He was selected for flight duty and trained as a radio operator. He was then assigned to the combat crew headed by Lt Maher. On November 28, 1942, the crew participated in the bombing of targets in the Bizerte, Tunisia area. While en route to the target, the formation was attacked by enemy fighters, and Conlon's aircraft was shot down. It crashed into the Mediterranean Sea. All the crew was killed, and no bodies recovered.

Conlon is memorialized on the Walls of the Missing in the North Africa American Cemetery in Tunis, Tunisia. In addition, there is a memory gravestone for Conlon in Arlington National Cemetery.
US Census 1920
US Census 1930
US Census 1940
NARA Enlistment Records


TSgt Francis J. Conlon was the assigned radio operator on B-17F # 41-24374, no name, assigned to the 353rd Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report 16038 covers this loss. Mission loading lists state the crew was:

1 Lt Robert E. Maher  p
2 Lt Roy C. Tobey  c-p
2 Lt Lee H. Adkins  nav
2 Lt Fred J. Graf  bomb
MSgt Edward C. Shackleton  eng/tt gun
TSgt Frank J. Conlon  r/o
Sgt Harry R. Alger  wg
Sgt Max D. McNeil  wg
Sgt Charles R. Goodwin  tail gun

Ranks and grades as of mission date.

Shackleton's middle initial is variously given as "C," "O," or "W."

There is no known crew photo.

NOTEL According to Chris Novak (April 14, 2016) Shackleton's middle initial is "O".

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