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Joseph D Vanella


Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 33 x combat missions. ETD

Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.



  • Delbert Milliron

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 37 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

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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

    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...

  • 524th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-38192

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 12/1/44; Gr Island 28/1/44; Assigned 524BS/379BG [WA-C] Kimbolton 1/3/44; Missing in Action Munich 12/7/44 with Bruce Hutchins, Co-pilot: Bob Webber, no nav, Bombardier: Jim Haile, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: George White, Radio...

  • 42-97229

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 9/12/44; Kearney 21/2/44; Presque Is 6/3/44; Assigned 524BS/379BG [WA-Q] Kimbolton 23/3/44; battle damaged Ruhland 12/9/44 with Capt JoeHuau, Co-pilot: John Fechtemuller, Navigator: Gene Balfe, Xn-Bill Rogach, Bombardier: Capt Matt...

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....


Event Location Date
Born Racine, WI 16 January 1919

Son of Dominik and Antoinette Vanella.

Enlisted Milwaukee, WI 7 January 1942

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Based Kimbolton March 1944 – July 1944

Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Racine, WI 4 April 1999
Buried Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, Caledonia, WI 10 April 1999

Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery
Caledonia, Racine County, WI
Block 8


Date Contributor Update
12 July 2019 13:03:53 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:17:02 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia