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Michael F Marino

Military

Assigned to 755BS, 458BG, 8AF USAAF. 5 x combat missions. Ditched in B-24H 41-29331 'Blondie's Folly'; Mission to Friedrichshafen, 16-Mar-44; Forced to ditch in the Channel after fighters severely damaged A/C. Did not surface from A/C. Killed in Action.

Award: AM, PH.

Service

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  • Neil Peters

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 458th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 755BS, 458BG, 8AF USAAF. 5 x combat missions. Ditched in B-24H 41-29331 'Blondie's Folly'; Mission to Friedrichshafen, 16-Mar-44; Forced to ditch in the Channel after fighters severely damaged A/C. Did not surface from A/C. Killed in Action...

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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. ...

  • 458th Bomb Group

    458th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 458th Bomb Group (H) entered combat with the 8th Air Force in February 1944. Based at Horsham St. Faith in England, the combat crews participated in the decisive Campaigns 'Big Week', 'Big B', D-Day and the assault on Germany's oil industry waged...

  • 755th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-29331 "Blondies' Folly"

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 422BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. 8 x combat mission. Failed to Return(FTR) Friedrichshafen, 16-Mar-44; On the return after having successfully bombed the target "Blondies' Folly" was attacked by fighters. The crew fought off a dozen fighters,...

Associated Place

  • Horsham St Faith

    Military site : airfield
    Horsham St Faith was an RAF Bomber Command Station opened in June 1940. It was home to Bristol Blenheim medium-bombers, and was for a time occupied by fighters, including those of No. 19 Squadron and No. 264 Squadron. From September 1942 the airfield...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Memphis, Tennessee, USA 1922
Enlisted Fort Oglethorpe, GA 30 December 1942

Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia

Based Horsham St Faith February 1944 – 16 March 1944

Assigned to 755BS, 458BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died English Channel 16 March 1944

Ditched in B-24H 41-29331 'Blondie's Folly'; Mission to Friedrichshafen, 16-Mar-44; Forced to ditch in the Channel after fighters severely damaged A/C. Did not surface from A/C. Killed in Action.

Buried Cambridge American Cemetery 1946

Tablets of the Missing
Cambridge American Cemetery
Coton, South Cambridgeshire District, Cambs

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
10 October 2019 22:52:20 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/record/88095093-michael-f-marino
https://www.fold3.com/image/310763348?rec=299396491
https://www.fold3.com/record/529905454-michael-f-marino
https://www.fold3.com/image/668099006?terms=34503062
https://www.458bg.com/crew69peters.htm
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56292066/michael-f-marino

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:20:10 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 3490 / MACR 3490, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces & Page 279 of the book LIBERATORS OVER NORWICH by Mackay, Bailry & Scorza, 2010, D790G4582010 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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