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Louis A Dentoni


August 17, 1943 - Hospitalized in Africa. #42-30187 'Lulu Belle' B-17 piloted by Preston Piper was hit by flak and shot. Dentoni and navigator Lt. Paul Schultz manned waist guns as tail gunner had been injured.

6 Mar 1944 - Shot down by heavy flak just prior to the target of Klein Machnow, Berlin in B-17F #42-3491 'Chopstick-G George'. See "The Mighty Eighth War Diary" by Roger A. Freeman, Mission no. 8AF 250, 6 March 1944. (p195)

Killed in Action (KIA).


Units served with

  • 385th Bomb Group

    385th Bomb Group

    The 385th Bomb Group, who took the nickname "Van's Valiants" after their first Commanding Officer Col. Elliot Vandevanter, flew B-17s from Great Ashfield, Suffolk. The Group led the famous attack on the Focke-Wolfe aircraft factory at Marienburg on 9...

  • 482nd Bomb Group

    482nd Bomb Group

    The 482nd Bomb Group was a Pathfinder Group, which using radar-equipped aircraft to support bombing missions until March 1944. Aircraft from this Group went ahead of other Bombers and sent information back about the best routes to take and the extent...

  • 551st Bomb Squadron
  • 812th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-30187 Lulu Belle

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 24/4/43; Gore 6/5/43; Kearney 30/5/43; Dow Fd 15/6/43; Assigned 551BS/385BG [HR-K] Gt Ashfield 16/6/43; Missing in Action Evreux 24/8/43 with Maj Preston Piper, Co-pilot: Vince Masters, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Luther...

  • 42-3491 Chopstick-G George

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 11/7/43; Grenier 18/8/43; Assigned 812BS/482BG [MI-G] Alconbury 20/8/43 (H2-X); Missing in Action Berlin 6/3/44 with Maj Fred Rabo, Co-pilot: John Morgan, Ball turret gunner: Bill Westcott, Waist gunner: Steve Keaton (4 Prisoner of War...

  • 42-39952

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 15/10/43; Gr Island 31/10/43; Assigned 551BS/385BG Gt Ashfield 27/11/43; Missing in Action Wilhelmshafen 3/2/44 with Bob Morse, Co-pilot: Van Watson, Navigator: Bruce DeMar, Bombardier: Paul Kite, Flight engineer/top turret gunner:...


  • 8th Air Force 250

    6 March 1944
    The industrial areas of Berlin and Genshagen, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. A combined force of 730 heavy bombers are despatched from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions. The despatch from 3rd Air Division bombs Targets of Opportunity in...

Associated Place

  • Great Ashfield

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield was built in 1942 by John Laing & Son Ltd. 108,000 tons of concrete was used in its construction, creating a Class 'A' airfield suitable for heavy bombers. The 385th Bomb Group took up residence in the summer of 1943, and remained at the...


Event Location Date
Killed in action Berlin, Germany 6 March 1944


Date Contributor Update
19 February 2020 22:56:58 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Added a "#" to the A/C serial # in the "Summary biography" for clarity.

Date Contributor Update
09 January 2020 21:10:08 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Corrected a typo in the "Summary biography".

Date Contributor Update
17 February 2016 13:52:56 general ira snapsorter Changes to middlename, service number, biography, events, unit associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia;
- MACR 3362 ;
- Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces ;
- Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database.

Additional details from:
- MACR 3362 at

Date Contributor Update
10 October 2015 07:58:02 Jenny Changes to biography, aircraft associations and media associations

Corrected spelling

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:19:05 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / The History of the 385th BG pp. 52-54, picture p. 155, Combat Chronology Supplement p. 533