Kahl, Frank, Sgt

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 611-Aerial Gunner
Last AFSC Group
Air Crew (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1942-1943, AAF MOS 611, 32nd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1942 - 1943
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
32nd Bomb Squadron

Casualty Date
Jan 07, 1943
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II
Location of Interment
Conesta Memorial Park - Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section K, Lot 563, Grave 5

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World War II Fallen
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Aerial Gunner Badge

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)301st Bombardment Group, Heavy  32nd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1942-1942, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 611, 301st Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1942-1943, AAF MOS 611, 301st Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1942-1943, AAF MOS 611, 32nd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater
  1942-1942 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Egypt-Libya Campaign (1942-43)
  1943-1943 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Tunisia Campaign (1942-43)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1942-1943, B-17 Flying Fortress
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
Frank Kahl was born on January 3, 1920, a son of Emory and Elizabeth M. Kahl. The US Census 1930 shows the family residing in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Kahl enlisted as a private in the Army Air Forces on January 13, 1942, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. His NARA enlistment form states he had completed 4 years of high school, but gives no employment.

He was trained as an aerial gunner. After completing the course, he was promoted to Sergeant and assigned to the B-17 combat crew led by Lt Sloulin in England in 1942. He flew several missions over Europe, mainly France. In 1942, when the 32nd Bomb Squadron sent some aircraft and crews to North Africa, Kahl was among those selected.

He flew missions over North Africa, normally Tunisia. On January 7, 1943, the aircraft took off from the airfield at Biskra, but crashed shortly afterward, killing all personnel on board. Sgt Kahl was recovered and his body sent to the U.S.  He was buried in the Conestoga Memorial Park in Lancaster, Pennsylvania where he lies in Section K. Plot 563, Grave 5.

US Census 1930
NARA Enlistment Records
Pennsylvania Veterans Burial Cards, 1777-2012
Application for Headstone or Marker


Sgt Frank Kahl was an assigned gunner on B-17F #41-24350, named "Dumbo," assigned to the 32nd Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report 16242 was issued for this loss. Mission loading lists show personnel on board as:

1 Lt Wesley C. Sloulin  p
2 Lt Robert D. Olson  c-p
1 Lt Vincent C. Fratalli  nav
1 Lt William R. Crandall  bomb
SSgt Frederick J. Hull  eng/tt gun
SSgt William M. Most, Jr.  r/o
Sgt Frank Kahl  wg
Sgt Leslie Clark  gunner
Sgt Eldon L. Kimmel  tail gun
MSgt William White  pass
MSgt Linus C. Leonhard  pass
MSgt Ted A. Greenway  pass

Grades and ranks as of mission date.

The three passengers (White, Leonhard, and Greenway) were all aircraft mechanics - crew chiefs. Their presence on the flight is not explained.

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