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Joseph Canellas Jr

Military

Assigned to 322BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Ball turret gunner on B-17 44-6596 'Sweet Dish'. Plane badly damaged on mission on 5 December 1944. Three crew members bailed out and were captured. Rest of crew stayed on board and pilot was able to nurse aircraft back to base. Returned to Duty (RTD).

Service

Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    Group
    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...

  • 322nd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 44-6596 Sweet Dish

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 19/9/44; Grenier 7/10/44; Assigned 322BS/91BG [LG-L/P/F] Bassingbourn 4/11/44; battle damaged Berlin 5/12/44 with Bob Roach, John Temple, Gus Mantia, Joe Canellas, Bill Hogan, Roland Michel (6 Returned to Duty); George Alexander,...

Associated Place

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents (http://www.towermuseumbassingbourn.co.uk/) , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Gary, WV, USA 18 July 1925

Son of Joe Sr & Arizona [Sturgill] Canellas.

Enlisted Erie, PA, USA 10 March 1943
Based Bassingbourn 1944 – 1945

Assigned to 322BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF.

Returned to Duty (RTD) Germany 5 December 1944

B-17 44-6596 'Sweet Dish'. badly damaged on mission on 5-Dec-1944. Three crew members bailed out and were captured. Rest of crew stayed on board and pilot was able to nurse aircraft back to base. Returned to Duty (RTD).

Buried Bradshaw, WV 24879, USA December 1971

Tom Sparks Cemetery
Bradshaw
McDowell County
West Virginia, USA

Died Beartown, WV 24873, USA 7 December 1971

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
01 November 2017 12:02:28 Lucy May Changes to nickname
Sources

Brought over source from duplicate record:
Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / The Mighty Eighth Combat Chronology Supplement, 1942-45; p. 180.

Date Contributor Update
03 October 2017 16:43:47 Al_Skiff Changes to firstname, suffix, nickname, service number, highest rank, biography, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/30324225
https://www.fold3.com/page/87114182-joseph-j-canella-jr/facts
https://www.fold3.com/record/87344331-joseph-j-canella
https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=58520404

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:15:17 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 11331 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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