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John Joseph Amalfitano Jr

Military

Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 15 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Berlin in B-17 42-37784 24-May-44; enemy aircraft attack caused collision with 42-38082, crashed Melchow, Ger. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5322

Awards: AM (OLC), PH.

Service

People

  • Wilton Gease

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 18 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Berlin in B-17 42-37784 24-May-44; enemy aircraft attack caused collision with 42-38082, crashed Melchow, Ger. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 5322 ...

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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. ...

  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 379th Bomb Group (H) (heavy), based at Kimbolton, flew more sorties than any other Bomb Group in the Eighth Air Force and dropped a greater bomb tonnage than any other Group. The B-17 Flying Fortress Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit...

  • 525th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-37784 The Old Fox

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 27/8/43; Scott 29/9/43; Assigned 525BS/379BG [FR-P] Kimbolton 19/10/43; Missing in Action Berlin 24/5/44 with Wilton Gease (Prisoner of War); Co-pilot: Luciano Gastineau, Navigator: Bob Lorentz, Bombardier: Dick O’Neal, Flight engineer...

Missions

  • 367

    24 May 1944

Associated Place

  • Kimbolton

    Military site : airfield
    Planned for RAF use, Kimbolton airfield was built by W and C French Ltd. in 1941. The airfield was increased in size to accommodate a full US heavy Bomb Group, and the first such unit to us it was the 91st Bomb Group, who arrived in September 1942....

Events

Event Location Date
Born Brooklyn, New York, USA 2 May 1924

Son of John Joseph Snr and Josephine Amalfitano.

Enlisted New York City, NY 9 February 1943

New York City, New York

Based Kimbolton 1944 – 24 May 1944

Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Melchow, Germany 24 May 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) Berlin in B-17 42-37784 24-May-44; enemy aircraft attack caused collision with 42-38082, crashed Melchow, Ger. KIA MACR 5322

Buried Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery Lemay, St. Louis County, MO 1948

Re-Interred
Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery
Lemay, St. Louis County, MO

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
29 June 2019 15:35:14 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, suffix, service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28640236
https://www.fold3.com/image/567640267
https://www.fold3.com/image/310770530?rec=299517156
https://www.fold3.com/record/86513946-john-j-amalfitano-jr
379th Bombardment Group Anthology, Volume 2: November 1942-July 1945
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/14998113/john-j_-amalfitano

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:16:12 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 5322 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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