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Aiani, Louis J.

Rank and Name, Staff Sergeant Louis J. Aiani.

Unit/placed in, 529th Bomber Squadron, 380th Bomber Group (Heavy) “King of the Heavens “.

 

Louis was born  on March 22, 1923 in  Chicago, Cook County, Illinois.

 

Father, Louis Aiani.

Mother, Susan (Vacca) Aiani.

Sister, Florence Aiani.  

Brothers, Thomas, Kenneth and James Aiani.

 

Louis entered  the service from Chicago, Illinois in with service number # 16145097.

Louis crew members and their position on-board the plane a B-24 were;

 

1st Lt. Harold H. van Hormer Pilot

2nd Lt. John m. Pourifoy Co Pilot

2nd Lt. Charles H. Shayar Navigator

1st Lt. Herman J. Dias Bombardier

S/Sgt. Charles B. Schofield Engineer

S/Sgt. Walter K. Gomer Top Turret Gunner

S/Sgt. Stewart A. Anderson Gunner

S/Sgt. Louis J. Aiani Nose Gunner

S/Sgt. Thomas J. O’Donell Right Waist Gunner

S/Sgt. William F. Barbee Left Waist Gunner

S/Sgt. John H. Mohr Tail Gunner

 

Louis was KIA when the plane was shot down by Enemy Fighters, on Jan. 19, 1944  is honored with a Purple Heart, Air Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal and the WWII Victory Medal.

Louis is buried/mentioned at Manila American Cemetery and Memorial  Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines.

Wall of the missing.

 

Thanks to  http://380th.org/ Jean Louis Vijgen, ABMC,  https://abmc.gov Info P.O.W.

Wes Injerd, Dwight Rider: http://www.mansell.com/pow-index.html

NavyLog, http://navylog.navymemorial.org Philippine Scouts Heritage Society, Sean Conjenos, http://www.philippine-scouts.org/

Familysearch.com, https://www.familysearch.org Navy Marines Info Geoffrey Roecker, https://missingmarines.com/ Medals Info, http://www.honorstates.org Website, https://hendrikswebdesign.nl/

 

529th Bomber Squadron
380th Bomber Group
B-24
Louis J. Aiani
His rank Staff Sergeant