Cerro Gordo County

Lt. Carl F. Franke





Former Mason Cityan Had Been in England

Lt. Carl F. Franke, son of the late Mr. and Mrs.  Henry Franke [both deceased], former residents of Mason City, was killed in action over the European area Feb. 6, according to word received by Mrs. Elizabeth Goerner, 30 6th N. E.

Having enlisted at the age of 19 in the armed air corps at Chicago in July, 1940, Lt. Franke was stationed at Chanute Field for 1 ½ years as staff sergeant. In August, 1943 he received his Silver Wings as a bombardier at Childress Field, Texas.

Since the first of the year, Lieutenant Franke had been in England.

Surviving are his wife, to whom he was married in May 1943, and a brother, Louis G. Franke, both of Chicago.

Lieutenant Franke was born in Mason City in 1921. He had resided here until he was about 10 years of age when he went to Chicago to live with his brother following the death of his mother. Lieutenant Franke had attended St. Joseph’s parochial school here in his early education.

Source: The Globe Gazette, Mason City, Iowa, Tuesday, February 29, 1944, Page 11