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Weaver Frank Felix "Sonny" Jr.

Frank Felix "Sonny" Jr. Weaver
Second Lieutenant
Serial Number:
414th Night Fighter Squadron, 12th Air Force
Date of Death:
Sparkman Hillcrest Memorial Park Dallas, Dallas County, Texas
Silver Star

Frank Felix "Sonny" Weaver was born on November 23, 1924 and was form Dallas, Texas. On April 22, 1945, 2LT Frank Weaver (O-770490) along with his Radar Observer, Flight Officer Stanley Kalan (T-180305) flying from Pontedera, Italy (near Pisa) on an Armed Reconnaissance into the Po Valley during the German Army retreat north. Weaver and Kalan were assigned to the 414th Night Fighter Squadron , 12th US Air Force flying a P-61 “Black Widow” Night Fighter, “Gorgeous Geri” (42-39486) on their 50th mission. Shortly after attacking a target, “Gorgeous Geri” was hit by anti-aircraft fire and crashed. Weaver was killed in the crash and Kalan parachuted to safety and was later captured by the enemy and spent the last few days of the war in a POW camp (Per Missing Aircraft Report {MACR)} 14012). Per local observers, Weaver was able to steer his burning aircraft away from an inhabited area in Reggiolo crashing nearby. Weaver was killed upon impact and was buried temporarily in the nearby Mirandolo US cemetery until being repatriated to the US. (See this website for Site Mirandolo, American Cemetery Marker for more on the cemetery). From FIND A GRAVE (OBIT):Lt. Frank F. Weaver, Jr. Dallas airman who was killed in action over Italy April 22, 1945, will be reburied in Dallas Tuesday. A graduate of North Dallas High School, Weaver attended Texas A&M College before he enlisted in the Army Air Force in February 1943. He was selected for night fighter training before he went overseas. His decorations include the Silver Star, the Air Medal with clusters, and the Purple Heart. Weaver is survived by parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank F. Weaver; two sisters, Mrs. Wallis Smith and Miss Beverly Kay Weaver; and his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank R. Weaver and Mr, and Mrs. G, M, Schafer, all of Dallas Private funeral services will be held at 4 p. m. Tuesday at Sparkman-Brand Chapel, 2115 Ross. Reburial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Park. Dallas News Transcribed by Carol Moore 03-14-1949 Person