Conopask, Royden Edward, SSgt

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 612-Airplane Armorer-Gunner
Last AFSC Group
Ordnance/Maintenance (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1944-1944, AAF MOS 612, 416th Bombardment Group, Light
Service Years
1942 - 1944
USAAFEnlisted Collar Insignia
Staff Sergeant

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Bristol, Connecticut

Casualty Date
May 19, 1944
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Land
United Kingdom
World War II
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Cambridge, United Kingdom
Wall/Plot Coordinates
E, 3, 98

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
World War II Fallen
  1944, World War II Fallen

 Ribbon Bar

Aerial Gunner Badge

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
670th Bombardment Squadron, Light416th Bombardment Group, Light
  1943-1944, AAF MOS 612, 670th Bombardment Squadron, Light
  1944-1944, AAF MOS 612, 670th Bombardment Squadron, Light
  1944-1944, AAF MOS 612, 416th Bombardment Group, Light
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1944 World War II
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
A-20 Havoc  
  1943-1944, A-20 Havoc
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
SSgt. Conopask enlisted on 25 June 1942 at Hartford, Connecticut.

In the ETO, he served with the 670th Bomber Squadron, 416th Bomber Group, 9th Air Force, RAF Wethersfield, Essex, England (AAF Station 170). The unit began combat operations against the French and Low Countries Coasts in March 1944. He flew aboard A-20G "Havoc".

ON 19 May 1944, he was a armorer-gunner aboard a USAAF A-20G (tail number 43-9696 ) that was on a mission #49 to attack coastal installations at Benerville, France. He flew 45 missions.

" On the return trip home, flying through a thick overcast, Lt Joseph Crispino's plane spun out of control due to a stall. He ordered his two gunners, SSgt Thomas I. Walsh and SSgt Royden E. Conopask to bail out. Then he jumped himself. The two gunners never did get out and were killed when the plane crashed. Lt Crispino parachuted to earth with a leg fractured when his body was thrown against the plane's tail assembly. He was transferred to an Evacuation Hospital to convalesce. . . ."

1st Lt Joseph C. Crispino, pilot
SSgt Thomas I. Walsh, gunner (KIA)
SSgt Royden E. Conopask, gunner (KIA)

The aircraft crashed on return near Biggin Hill, England. (MACR 4634)

He left a wife, Evelyn, in Bristol, Connecticut.
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MACR: 4634
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