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First Lieutenant John A. Fino, of the 44th Bomb Group with a pistol given to him by the Mayor of Oristano. Marked as Not To Be Published 25 Oct 1943. Printed caption on reverse of print: 'Fortress Crewman Was Made Honorary Mayor. When the crew of a burnt-out Liberator bomber which came down near the town of Oristano, Sardinia, recovered from their narrow escape they were feted by the townspeople and one of them, 1st Lt. John A. Fino, who is of Italian descent, was made an Honorary Mayor. Associated Press Photo Shows: 1st Lt. John A. Fino, of Martinez, Calif., who was made an Honorary Mayor of Oristano when his Liberator bomber crashed near the town, is here seen with a revolver given to him by the Mayor.' Ministry of Information [Stamp].



  • 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    The 44th Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 15-January-1942 at McDill Field, Florida and equipped with B-24Cs. The Group moved to Barksdale Field, Louisiana and acted as a training unit for the 90th 93rd and 98th Bomb Groups and flew anti...


  • John Fino

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40629.


Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:24:26 AAM AAM ingest

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