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Abanello, Frank A.

Rank and Name, Aviation Machinst’s Mate Third Class Frank A. Abanello.

Unit/placed in, Patrol Bombing Squadron (VP-101)”Black Cats”, United States Naval Reserve.


Frank was born  on Nov. 21, 1921 in  St. Louis, Missouri.


Father, Tony Albanello.

Born in Italy.

Mother,Louise Albanello .

Sister, Elba Albanello.


Frank  entered  the Service from Missouri with service number # 6695222.

Frank’s crew members and their position on-board the plane a PB4Y-1- were;


Ens. A. O. Polston Pilot

Ens. R. W. Allen Co Pilot

Amm1. J. W. Coole Navigator

Arm1. F. G. Meisner Bombardier

Arm1. J. J. Reardon Radio Operator

Arm3 . J. W. Ellsworth Asst. Radio Operator/Gunner

Amm3. F. A. Albanello Gunner

Aom2. R. G. Ley Gunner

Aom3. L. E. Manning Gunner


Frank died in a plane crash for unknown reason, on Aug. 25, 1944. he is honored with a Combat Action Ribbon, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal and the WWII Victory Medal.


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

Wall of the missing.


Thanks to ABMC, https://abmc.gov  http://navylog.navymemorial.org ,  Jean Louis Vijgen , Familysearch.com  https://www.familysearch.org Philippine Scouts Heritage Society http://www.philippine-scouts.org/ Sean Cojenos, Honorstates http://www.honorstates.org,  Geoffrey Roecker https://missingmarines.com/ P.O.W. : http://www.mansell.com/pow-index.html  Wes Injerd, Dwight Rider, Armand Hendriks https://hendrikswebdesign.nl/


Patrol Bombing Squadron 101 (VP-101)
Frank A. Albanello
His rank Aviation Machinist Mate Third Class