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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.
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