Carignan, Richard J., SSgt

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 611-Aerial Gunner
Last AFSC Group
Air Crew (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1942-1943, AAF MOS 611, 301st Bombardment Group, Heavy
Service Years
1941 - 1943
USAAFEnlisted Collar Insignia
Staff Sergeant

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Home State
New Hampshire
New Hampshire
Year of Birth
Not Specified
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
353rd Bomb Squadron
St. Donat, Algeria

Casualty Date
Apr 13, 1943
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Sicily-Rome, Italy
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Walls of the Missing

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
World War II Fallen
  1943, World War II Fallen

 Ribbon Bar

Aerial Gunner Badge

 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 611, 301st Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 611, 301st Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 611, 353rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1942-1943, AAF MOS 611, 301st Bombardment Group, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Egypt-Libya Campaign (1942-43)
  1942-1942 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)
  1943-1943 Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)/Operation Strangle
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1942-1943, B-17 Flying Fortress
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
Richard J. Carignan was born in New Hampshire in 1917. He was a son of Leon and Augustine A. Carignan. The US Censuses 1930 and 1940 place the family in Lebanon, New Hampshire, with the annotation in 1940 that Leon was a "widower."

Carignan enlisted in the Army Air Forces on November 24. 1941. His enlistment documents state he had completed grammar school, but no civilian occupation is noted.

He received training as an aerial gunner, then assigned to the 301st Bomb Group in England. He was transferred to North Africa in October, 1942, when the 301st was moved to that location. He flew missions over North Africa, Sicily, and the Italian mainland.

On April 13, 1943, the aircraft was part of a formation that set out to bomb the Castel-Veterano Airdrome in Sicily.  There are no details given as to the actual fate of this aircraft. The MACR merely states "Failed to return."

All the crew were listed as Missing in Action, then on April 14, 1944, a Finding of Death was issued, changing their status to KIA.

Sgt Carignan is memorialized on the Walls of the Missing in the Rome-Sicily American Cemetery in Nettuno, Italy.
US Census 1930
US Census 1940
NARA Enlistment Records


SSgt Richard J. Carignan was the assigned tail gunner on B-17F # 41-24394, named "Hockamoloko Jock VI BB," assigned to the 353rd Bomb Squadron. No explanation of the name has been located.

Missing Air Crew Report 16302 was issued, but merely gives aircraft identification, a crew listing, and the notation "Failed to return." Mission loading lists show the crew to have been:

1 Lt Jerry E. Thomas  p
1 Lt Duke D. Cummings  c-p
1 Lt Harry A. Wann, Jr.  nav
1 Lt William E. Loewecke  bomb
TSgt  Julius J. Jacobs  eng/tt gun
TSgt Joel B. Busby  r/o
SSgt Ray O. Weeks  btg
SSgt James Agee  wg
Sgt  Robert F. Nance  photo
SSgt Richard J. Carignan  tail gunner

Ranks and grades as of mission date.

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