Frederick Scalise, 776th
23 June 2000
Frederick Scalise, 82, of East Long Meadow, Massachusetts
died June 23, 2000. He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is survived
by his beloved family: Wife Alma (Wood) Scalise; two sons, Fred W. of Elmira, Oregon and John E. of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan; a daughter,
Laura J. Sullivan of Blandford, Massachusetts; nine grandchildren and a brother,
Anthony F. Scalise of West Springfield, Massachusetts.
He was a graduate of the former Springfield Technical High
School in 1936. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from American International
College in 1941.
Frederick was a member of company B, 104th Infantry 25th Division
of the Massachusetts National Guard from 1936 to 1939.
He was on guard duty in the downtown Springfield area during
the aftermath of the 1938 hurricane and resulting flooding.
Frederick was a decorated World War II Army Air Force
veteran. He was a combat bombardier (crew photo)
with the rank of 1st lieutenant. He was attached to the 15th Air Force, 464th
Bombardment Group, 776 Squadron. Frederick flew missions in southern and
central Europe and Germany in a B-24 bomber.
In April 1945, in support of the the U.S. 5th Army and the British
8th Army, he participated in saturation bombing missions against large German
troop concentrations in Northern Italy. Flying in close formations, the B-24s dropped
massive amounts of anti-personnel bombs just a few thousand yards over enemy
For his service, he was awarded the Air Medal with an Oak
Leaf Cluster, the Victory Medal and the European Campaign Medal with four Battle
Frederick was employed with the Criminal Intelligence Division
of the Internal Revenue Service for 30 years. 20 years as an Investigator-Special Agent,
and 10 years as a Group Manager, supervising special agents in Hartford, New Haven
and Waterbury, Connecticut. He also participated in the Justice Department's drive
against Organized Crime.
He retired from government service on 31 December 1977.
After retirement, he conducted a tax and business consulting service.
Frederick was a member of the National Association of
Retired Federal Employees (NARFE); an association of former members of the 464th
Bomb Group and an association of former aerial bombardiers (Bombardiers, Inc.).
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, June 28 at Byron
Funeral Home in Springfield. Interment was at Hillcrest Park Cemetery.
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