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