CLINTON — Louis L. Longman, a 26-year old Clinton, Iowa, native serving with the 433rd Fighter Squadron, 475th Fighter Group, 5th Air Force, U.S. Army Air Corps, was last seen April 16, 1944, as his unit returned from a B-25 bomber escort mission over Hollandia, New Guinea. The 5th Air Force lost 53 pilots and crewman that day in what became known as “Black Sunday." Longman was officially declared deceased on Feb. 27, 1946. Memorial services, with full military honors provided by the Iowa National Guard, will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at Rock Island National Cemetery, Arsenal Island. The public is welcome to attend the memorial service. The Pape Funeral Home in Clinton is assisting the family. Online condolences may be left at www.papefh.com.
Louis was born Jan. 23, 1918, in Murdock, Minn., to George and Ellen (Cleary) Longman.
He graduated from St. Mary’s High School in Clinton in 1936, where he participated in a wide variety of school activities, including basketball, football (All-State honorable mention), yearbook sports editor, dramatics, and class officer positions.