The last American killed in action in World War II was Sgt. Anthony J. Marchione of Pottstown on Aug. 18, 1945. He was part of a crew of a B-32 Dominator bomber flying a reconnaissance mission over Japan which had surrendered three days earlier. His plane was attacked by rouge Japanese fighter pilots. At least one of the Japanese attackers was shot down by the bomber’s gunners.
Only 118 B-32s were built. They flew from Jan. 27 to Aug. 30, 1945.