Connor, Daniel Jr

Daniel Connor Jr. was born in Pavilion, New York, in 1921. He had one sister and four brothers.

Daniel graduated from Pavilion High School in 1939. In 1940, he moved in with his brother C. Maurice, who lived in Tredyffrin-Easttown, Pennsylvania.. Daniel found employment with the America Non-Gran Bronze Corporation in Berwyn.  The company was named because they made bronze bearings to government specifications with nongranular qualities. The company made bearings that were used in Charles Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis, for his historic flight across the Atlantic in 1927.

Daniel entered the Army Air Corps in July, 1942. He received training at several locations including St. Petersburg, FL Sioux Falls, SD, Harbinger, TX, Salt Lake City; UT, Tucson, AZ and Pocatello, ID. He was promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant after graduation from the Harbinger Aerial Gunnery School.

Daniel was shipped overseas to England in September, 1943 and assigned to the 579th Bomb Squadron, 392nd Bomb Group which flew from Manston, England. Daniel was the radio operator/gunner in flying in B-24 Liberator Bombers. He was promoted to Technical Sergeant and awarded the Air Medal in January, 1944.

Daniel with his crew, back row, far right

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This photo shows the Peyton Crew looking at their plan, 4207510, El Lobo, after they returned to Wendling on 20, Dec, 1943. Its tail truret was severed on the way to Bremen and tail gunner S/Sgt Donald D. Pippett fell to his death. Nonetheless, the crew finished the mission. Sgt Daniel Connor, Jr. picutred 2nd from right.

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Technical Sergeant Daniel Connor Jr. was Killed In Action on February 20, 1944 in England. His aircraft, serial number 42-7529, nicknamed “Coral Princess”, was on their 20th mission, and one of 36 aircraft on a mission to bomb Helmstedt, Germany. The entire 8th Airforce staged a massive effort to bomb key targets in the enemy country that day.

Daniel’s aircraft was heavily damaged by German FW-190’s and ME-109 Fighters. His aircraft limped back to England and tried an emergency landing at Manstan, but it exploded in mid air. There were no survivors, and only four crew members bodies were recovered.

A stone was placed as a memorial at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Pravilion, New York.

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Research by Don Wambold, WCMSC