US Army Air Forces 2nd Lieutenant Ernest N. Vienneau was a pilot based in Amendola, Italy.
MILLINOCKET, Maine – The remains of a Millinocket man killed while serving in the US Army Air Force during World War II will be buried in Millinocket on October 9.
US Army Air Forces Second Lieutenant Ernest N. Vienneau was a pilot assigned to 240th Bombardment Squadron, 97th Bombardment Group, 15th Air Force, based in Amendola, Italy, US Amy announced on Tuesday.
On November 6, 1944, when Vienneau was 25 years old, he was co-piloting a B-17 Flying Fortress bomber over Maribor, Yugoslavia – now Slovenia – when it came under heavy fire and was hit in the head by a piece of flak that entered the cockpit.
While being treated for his injury, his co-pilot attempted to bring the damaged B-17 back to base, but was forced to land off the coast of the island of Vis, Croatia.
Ten crew members survived but Vienneau’s body has not been found.
His remains were not found until June 2017, when the Defense POW / MIA Accounting Agency, in conjunction with Lone Wolf Productions, filmed the underwater excavation of a B-24 Liberator plane wreckage offshore. from the island of Vis.
Enough evidence was gathered during a dive to plan the recovery of Vienneau’s B-17. His remains were recovered in the fall of 2020 and identified with evidence on April 16, 2021.
Vienneau’s name is inscribed on the walls of the Missing at the Florence American Cemetery, a site of the United States Commission for Battle Monuments in Impruneta, Italy.
Funeral services on October 9 will be performed by Lamson Funeral Home of Lincoln.