Francis G. ( Frank) Patnaude was born July 27 1920 in Lowell, Mass. into a family of 4 sisters and 2 brothers.  Since  the country was in the middle of the Depression, he worked a paper route for the Lowell Sun, as well as working on a farm called Peacock Farm at Pelham, N. H.  He was also an exceptional baseball pitcher playing for such American Legion clubs as the Brownies.                                                                                                                                                                                                     

     In November 1940, Frank enlisted in the Army Air Corps and served at Randolph Field - San Antonio, Tx.,  Savannah Army Air Base - Savannah, Ga.,  Australia, New Guinea and the Philippines.  He was discharged from the USAAF on October 2, 1945 at    Westover Field - Lowell, Massachusetts.

After his discharge, Frank owned and ran a popular bar room " The Rainbow Spar" in Tyngsboro, Massachusetts, next to Lakeview, which was very popular during the 40s & 50s. He also worked for Bolta Products in Lawrence Mass, which was sold to General Tire & Rubber Company. He became involved with the United Plastic Workers Of America, becoming President of Local 243, holding that post for approximately 27 years, as well as on the Executive Board and retired with 30 years service with the company. Frank  married  Helen Stanewicz (Photo 2) on May 15 1949  in Chelmsford Massachusetts at St. Johns Evangelist Church. They had 3 children, two sons - Neal & David and one daughter, Carole.






Frank Patnaude served with the 3rd Bomb Group 13th Attack Squadron from mid 1941 until mid 1945. 

Below you will see photos from the Francis G. Patnaude Collection while he was stationed at Savannah Army Air Base. It is my understanding that the 3rd Attack Group moved to Hunter Municipal Airfield in October, 1940 while the air base was still under construction.

All the photos below are from the Francis G. Patnaude Collection & submitted by his son, Neal Patnaude.