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Frank Lozito, Pilot of MISS FITZ, passed away today.

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    In memory of Lt Col Frances “Frank” Carmel Lozito, Ret. Frank was proceeded in death by his wife of 53 years who passed in 2003, interred at Arlington National Cemetery patiently waiting for Frank to join her https://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=49250039

    2nd Lt Francis C. Lozito promoted to 1st Lt after rescue from Yugoslavia. published Newport Mercury newspaper, Newport, Rhode Island, Friday, 20 October 1944, see attached.

    Also Friday 30 August 1946 article, see attached.

    Francis "Frank" C. Lozito; veteran video interview

    http://www.wusa9.com/mobile/article...ii-story-is-his-favorite-to-tell/65-351021055 [click on arrow bottom right corner to start video]

    FB page for those with access


    Brief bio:
    When Frances “Frank” Carmel Lozito was born on 22 January 1919 at Newport, Rhode Island his father Paul was 34 years old and his mother Catherine T “Rachie” Lozito was 26 years old. Frank as he was commonly known had one younger brother Salvadore born in 1925. Frank attended classes at Rhode Island State College, Kingston, Rhode Island prior to his enlistment into the Army Air Forces during WW II. Frank served as a pilot with the 829th Squadron, 485th Bomb Group, 15th Air Force operating from Venosa Airfield, Italy. On 10 August 1944 Frank was pilot of B-24H serial number 41-29503 on a mission over the Ploesti, Romania, oil refineries. His plane was heavily damaged but he was able to fly the plane as far as Yugoslavia where he ordered the crew to bail out. With a broken ankle and separated from his crew, Frank managed to escape enemy gunfire and find refuge with local partisans, however he was declared MIA for two months. He would eventually be returned to his base in Italy.

    No Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) has been found on fold3 or elsewhere for this loss. Postwar Frank Carmel Lozito married Beverly Ann Stobbs on 31 May 1951 in Montgomery County, Ohio. They would remain together for 53 years detailed in her obituary.

    Beverly Ann Lozito, 75, who owned and operated the Recollections Folk Art & Antiques Shop in Clifton, died March 20, 2003 at Inova Fair Oaks Hospital. She had a blood disorder.
    Mrs. Lozito, a Clifton resident, was born in Wheeling, W.Va. She accompanied her husband, retired Air Force Lt. Col. Francis C. Lozito, to posts in the Netherlands, New Mexico, Rhode Island and the Washington area when he was on active duty. They settled here as permanent residents in 1965.

    In the 1970s and 1980s, Mrs. Lozito operated Recollections. She was a member of the Clifton Women's Club and the Rocky Run Garden Club, a volunteer with the Northern Virginia Mental Health Center, and a bowler and horseback rider. In addition to her husband of 53 years, of Clifton, survivors include two children, Paul Lozito of Arlington and Nan Rosenberg of Chantilly; a sister; her stepmother; and four grandchildren. Frank folded his wings on 6 October 2017 having lived his final years at Sunrise Senior Living, Virginia.

    Some images shared by his daughter attached.

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