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USAAF
5th AF
71st TRG
25th Liaison Squadron

Pilot  TSgt Thomas G. Stalone, 20919837 (KIA, BR) Los Angeles, CA
Crashed  April 15, 1944
MACR  none

Aircraft History
Built by Stinson. Assigned to the U.S. Army. Shipped overseas to New Guinea.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 71st Tactical Reconnaissance Group, 25th Liaison Squadron (Guinea Short Lines). No known nickname or nose art. This aircraft performed liaison missions over New Guinea.

On February 14, 1944 Stalone was one of three Stinson L-5's that searched for P-40N 42-104984 and the next day returned to drop supplies. On February 21, 1944 L-5 piloted by Stalone successfully landed at a clearing those stranded on the ground had made, but was unable to take off with any additional passengers. Possibly, these missions were flown aboard this aircraft.

Mission History
On April 15, 1944 this aircraft's engine was running roughly.  Before taking off with a passenger, pilot Stalone took off from Chimbu Airfield on a test flight, but failed to climb and crashed and burned, killing him instantly.

Memorials
Stalone was officially declared dead the day of the mission and his body was recovered. Postwar, he was transported to the Philippines and permanently buried at Manila American Cemetery at plot F row 15 grave 31.

Relatives
"My Uncle is Thomas G. Stalone. My grandmother was his sister. Her name was Francesca Stalone Mendolia. She passed away Feb. of 1960. I have just recently found this information, and was so thrilled to find. This was my Great Uncle on my fathers side. I was five years old when we saw him the last time. He was extremely handsome and much loved by the family. The only information that we had was very limited. This information gave me where he was killed and where he was buried. Thank you so much. [Prewar] He lived in Los Angeles, California. Both of his parents lived until the early 1950's. I think his death affected them totally. He was a bachelor as per my information. "

References
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - L-5 Stinson Sentinel piloted by Stalone
NARA Frame 1058, microfilm B0782
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Thomas G. Stalone
FindAGrave - TSgt Thomas G Stalone (tablets of the missing)

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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