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Francis Anthony Roman



Units served with

  • 365th Fighter Group

    365th Fighter Group

    The Group moved to England in December 1943 as part of the Ninth Air Force. Flying P-47s, the Group took part in missions over northern France designed to weaken Germany's ability to repulse the planned Allied invasion of summer 1944. After the...

  • 386th Fighter Squadron

Associated Place

  • Beaulieu

    Military site : airfield
    The first airfield site was near East Boldre, used before the First World War. A Royal Flying Corps and RAF station during the First World War, it was sold and dismantled from 1920-1924, though the land was used as a private airfield from 1933 to 1938....


Event Location Date
Born Conifer, Beaver Township, PA 15864, USA 16 August 1922
Lived in Cresson, PA 16630, USA 1942
Enlisted Philadelphia, PA, USA 1 May 1942
Crashed near Düren, Germany 12 December 1944

"Lt. Roman was too low when he dropped his bombs. His P-47 was caught in the blast, hit the ground and then cartwheeled before disintegrating.
Although Roman was reported as having been killed, he survived the crash and was removed unconscious from his plane and taken to a hospital in Tongres. For more than a month he was in a coma, but awoke with no memory of what happened. After 18 months of rehab for head, arm and leg injuries, Roman left the USAAF and returned to civilian life." - Quoted from "Thunderbolts of The Hell Hawks" - page 107

Died Harrisburg, PA, USA 24 September 2007

Beloved husband, father and grandfather, Francis Anthony Roman, age 85 passed away. He was born in Conifer, Jefferson County, Pa. to Joseph and Catherine Roman, he was the second of four siblings including Joseph, Margaret and Paul.
Frank was a decorated World War II Pilot of a P-47 Thunderbolt. He was a graduate of St. Francis College and Penn State University. He married Clara Hoffer White in October 1954 and they raised eight children as long standing members of St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Penbrook. Farnk was a Fourth Degree in the Knights of Columbus and raised his family a a salesman with Don Edward & Company.

Buried Annville, PA, USA 27 September 2007

Indiantown Gap National Cemetery
Lebanon County
Pennsylvania, USA
Plot: Section #29 Site #94


Date Contributor Update
22 July 2016 17:48:17 466thHistorian Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, highest rank, role, events, unit associations and place associations

Thunderbolts of The Hell Hawks - Barnes/Crump/Rutherford
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