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Sanesi (Frank) Personal Papers
SDASM.SC.10123  
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  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: San Diego Air and Space Museum Library and Archives
    Title: Frank Sanesi Personal Papers
    Identifier/Call Number: SDASM.SC.10123
    Physical Description: .6 Cubic Feet The collection contains personal papers, military papers, photo albums, and sleeved photographs and negatives. The collection is housed in two boxes; one measuring 15.25”Lx10.25”Hx5”W and one measuring 15.25”Lx3”Hx11.5”W for oversized material.
    Date (bulk): bulk
    Abstract: Frank Sanesi flew P-51s and P-38s in World War Two in the Pacific.

    Biographical / Historical

    Floyd Edgar “Frank” Sanesi was born January 23, 1920 to Joseph Bruno and Silla Masone Sanesi in Dunkirk, New York, and graduated in 1936 from Fairfax High School in Los Angeles, California. Before and after his war service, he worked as a toolmaker and machinist or Electrical Engineering and Manufacturing Corporation in Los Angeles, California. On June 26, 1944, he completed pilot training at Luke Field, Phoenix, Arizona and entered active service in the U.S. Army Air Corps the next day and piloted P-38 and P-51 fighter aircraft in the Pacific Theatre. Patrol and surveillance missions were his chief duties after the war ended. Sanesi also served as an instructor pilot in L-5 and AT-6 airplanes and performed additional duties as club officer group photographer, and control tower operator. He retired from the U.S. Air Force on April 1, 1967 as a Major. Frank passed away on June 4, 1997. His cremains were brought onboard the USS Jarrett and distributed at sea on August 14, 1997.

    Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is open to use by appointment

    Scope and Contents

    Description: The collection is housed in two boxes; one measuring 15.25”Lx10.25”Hx5”W and one measuring 15.25”Lx3”Hx11.5”W for oversized material. Content notes: The collection contains personal papers, military papers, photo albums, and sleeved photographs and negatives.

    Related Materials

    P-51 and P-38 airacraft files.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Pacific Area
    North American P-51 Mustang Family
    Lockheed P-38 Lightening
    Luke Field Hawaii
    Sanesi, Frank