In Memory of
Army Air Force Technical Sergeant
Frederick Bunn Cone
Trent, South Dakota
Moody County
March 27, 1921 – May 19, 1944
Killed in Action in Germany

Frederick Bunn Cone

Frederick B. Cone was born on March 27, 1921, to William A. and Florence L. (Bunn) Cone.  The youngest of nine children, Frederick lived most of his life in Trent, South Dakota, where he graduated from high school in May of 1939. 

Frederick volunteered for military service on December 13, 1941, propelled by the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. T/Sgt. Cone was trained in mechanics at Shepperd Field in Texas and then on to gunnery school at Tyndall Field, Florida.  After receiving training on a B-26, Cone left Ellsworth Airforce Base in Rapid City, South Dakota, to fly to England on April 13, 1944, as part of the 600th Bomb Squadron, 398th Bomb Group. 

One month later, on May 19, 1944, while performing engineering duties, Cone’s B-17 was hit by anti-aircraft flak, causing them to lose altitude and drop from formation. Cone’s bomber went down during the bombing raid that followed.

Technical Sergeant Frederick Cone was killed in the crash of his B-17 bomber at   ALT-Ruednitz, on the Oder River, forty miles northeast of Berlin, Germany. 

Although Frederick was originally buried in ALT-Ruednitz, his remains were  brought back to the States and buried in Trent, South Dakota, after the war at his father’s request. 

This entry was respectfully submitted by Jessica Kazmer, Alex Duex, and Harley Bergman, 8th Grade West, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota, December 5, 2000.  Information for this entry was provided by Dortha Drake of Colman, South Dakota, sister of Frederick Cone.