670th BS Patch

416th Bombardment Group (L)

S/Sgt. Royden Edward Conopask

Gunner,  31141640

Killed In Action - May 19, 1944

670th Bombardment Squadron (L)

WWII-Medal

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  Born: 19-Aug-1906, Connecticut

Entered Military Service: Date: 25-Jun-1942 At: Hartford, CT From: Hartford County, Connecticut
NARA Enlistment Record: Enlisted Serial # 31141640

Buried: Cambridge American Cemetery, Cambridge, United Kingdom, Plot E Row 3 Grave 98

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SSgt Royden Edward Conopask

Royden E Conopask was the son of Charles and Matilda Conopask, and graduated from the Terryville Grammar School in 1919. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Terryville and was employed by the E. Ingraham Co. in Bristol, Connecticut. He married Evelyn Alice Carragher of 21 Pleasant St., Bristol, and they had a daughter, Roylyn Frances Conopask.

He entered the U.S. Army Air Force on June 25, 1942 at Hartford, Connecticut, and became a mechanic gunner on an A-20 Havoc Medium Bomber, in the 9th Air Force.

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".

He had made staff sergeant on Feb. 12, 1943, and flew on 45 missions in the European Middle Eastern Campaign, the air offensive over Europe and the Battle of Normandy.

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

On the return trip home, flying through a thick overcast, Lt Joseph Crispino's plane spun out of control. He ordered his two gunners, SSgt Thomas I. Walsh and SSgt Royden E. Conopask to bail out. These men never got out of the aircraft and were killed when the plane crashed.

Lt Crispino jumped and 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.

The aircraft crashed on return near Biggin Hill, England.

Crew:
  • Pilot - Lt Joseph C. Crispino
  • Gunner - SSgt Thomas I. Walsh, KIA
  • Gunner - SSgt Royden E. Conopask, KIA

    The remains of the two gunners KIA May, 19, 1944, were interred at the Cambridge American Military Cemetery, Cambridge.

    SSgt Royden E. Conopask flew 45 missions

    SSgt Conopask's family was presented with a placque of appreciation on Friday November 8th, 2013 at Manross Library in Forestville during its annual Veterans Day program.

    He left a wife, Evelyn, in Bristol, Connecticut.

    Extracted from www.ww2buddies.com
    Memories of Royden Edward Conopask SSgt Royden Edward Conopask





  • Notes:
    On the return trip home, flying through a thick overcast, Lt Joseph Crispino's plane spun out of control. Nature of Accident: "Pilot bailed out after aircraft had gone into spin." Cause of Accident: "Pilot failed to use instruments early enough."

    Description:
    On the return trip home, flying through a thick overcast, Lt Joseph Crispino's plane spun out of control. He oerdered his two gunners, S/Sgt Thomas I. Walsh and S/Sgt 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. The remains of the two gunners have been interred at the Cambridge American Military Cemetery, Cambridge. ... [September, 1944] Lt Joseph C. Crispino and Lt Robert J. Rooney, who had been confined to hospitals as a result of injuries received on missions, returned to join their old squadrons after months of absence.
    (416th BG History 1944)

    General Orders No. 86, 25 May 1944, Purple Heart is awarded to: 670th Bombardment Squadron (L), Joseph C. Crispino, O-799946, First Lieutenant, Air Corps, United States Army. For wounds received while serving as Pilot of an A-20 airplane on a combat operational mission on 19 May 1944. Home Address: Painted Post, New York.
    (416th BG Purple Heart Awards (PDF))

    See also AAR 44-5-19-525 and Mission # 49




    Photos and Documents
    1910 US Census
    City Directory
    City Directory
    Marriage
    City Directory
    Naugatuck Daily News (Naugatuck, Connecticut) 21 Jun 1944, Wed Page 2
    Headstone Inscription and Interment Record
    Headstone
    Rosters Of WW II Dead
    WW II Army and Army Air Force Casualty List
    National World War II Memorial Registry
    National World War II Memorial Registry
    American Battle Monuments Commission Certificate
     
     
     
     
     
     


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