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Antonini, Herman

Rank and Name, Major Herman F. Antonini.

Unit/Placed in, Headquarters Squadron, Far East Air Service Command.


Herman is born approx. on June 4, 1915 in. Indiana.

Father, Fred Antonini.

Mother, Jennie Anthonini.

Brother(s), Edmund Antonini.


Herman enlisted the service in Illinois with service number # 0-351875.


The Gremlin Special was a Douglas C-47 Skytrain that crashed during a sightseeing flight for U.S. service members over the Baliem Valley (?Shangri-La Valley?) in New Guinea in 1945.


Herman ‘s Crew-members and their position on-board the plane a C-47 were,

Colonel         Peter J Prossen                 Pilot

Major           George H. Nicholson        Co Pilot

S/Sgt.           Hilliard Norris                      Engineer

Pfc.              George B. Newcomer      Radio Operator

Pfc.              Melvin A. Mollberg             Asst. Engineer


1st Lt.           Robert E. McCollom          Passenger

1st Lt.           John S. McCollom              Passenger      Survived

Captain        Lewis E. Freyman             Passenger

Major           Philip J. Dattilo                    Passenger

1st Lt.           ???? J. Holding                     Passenger

Captain        Herbert F. Good                Passenger

Major           Herman F. Antonini           Passenger

T/Sgt.          Kenneth W. Decker           Passenger      Survived

T/3.             Marion W. McMonagle      Passenger

S/Sgt.           Laura E. Besley                   Passenger

Sgt.              Belle G. Naimer                    Passenger

Sgt.              Helen C. Kent                        Passenger

Pfc.              Mary M. Landau                   Passenger

Pfc.              Eleanor P. Hanna                 Passenger

Pfc.              Marian C. Gillis                     Passenger

Pfc.              Alethia M. Fair                      Passenger

Corp.            Melvyn A. Weber               Passenger

Corp.            Margaret J. Hastings        Passenger        Survived

Corp.            Charles L. Miller                  Passenger

Herman died when there was no more radio-contact and they crashed on a mountain on May 13, 1945, he is honored with a Good Conduct Medal, United States Aviator Badge, American Campaign Medal, Army Presidential Unit Citation, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, WW II Victory Medal.

Maj. Antonini is one of 18 servicemen and women killed in an aircraft crash in a remote part of Papua New Guiana on May 13, 1945. Initially buried in field graves near the crash site, their remains were not recovered by the War Department until more than a decade after the war. Once recovered and identified, all 18 were interred as a group burial in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis. Missouri. Their names are permanently engraved on the Walls of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery.

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

Walls of the missing.

And a Memorial Grave on the Website https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/45700685/herman-f-antonini


Thanks to, https://www.pacificwrecks.com/aircraft/c-47/42-23952.html


Jean Louis Vijgen, WW2-Pacific Website.

Air Force Info, Rolland Swank.

ABMC Website, https://abmc.gov

Navy Info, http://navylog.navymemorial.org

POW Info, http://www.mansell.com    Dwight Rider and Wes injerd.

Family Info, https://www.familysearch.org

Marines Info, https://missingmarines.com/    Geoffrey Roecker

Info, https://www.pacificwrecks.com/

Medals Info, https://www.honorstates.org


Philippine Info, http://www.philippine-scouts.org/

Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com


When an individual’s remains have been accounted for by the U.S. Department of Defense, a rosette is placed next to the name on the Wall/Tablet/Court of the Missing to mark that the person now rests in a known gravesite

His remains are Recovered
Douglas-C-47 "Gremlin"
Sentai Drome, Papua Indonesia
group burial in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis. Missouri.
Sgt. Kenneth Decker (from left), Cpl. Margaret Hastings and Lt. John McCollom were the only three survivors of the Gremlin Special crash. They are pictured above at the U.S. Army station in Hollandia, New Guinea, shortly after their rescue. B.B. McCollom
His rank Major