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Peter F Delao Jr

Military

SWA in B-17 #42-30088 'Squawkin' Hawk' over Stuttgart, Sept. 6, 1943. Pilot was Capt. Sumner Reeder.
Lt. Delao was Reeder Crew's first Bombardier.
Reeder's crew was one of the original "Bloody 100th" US crews to arrive at Thorpe Abbotts.
Lt. Delao completed 13 missions. On Sept. 6, 1943, he was severely wounded in Stuttgart air battle. Delao suffered numerous injuries to his eye, head, arm, leg.
The plane Reeder's crew flew that day was actually a brand new B-17, later to be "Horny II". Their "Squawking Hawk" was being retro-fitted that day with new plexiglass, procured by Copilot Lt. Harry Edeburn. Sadly, Lt. Edeburn was mortally wounded during Stuttgart. Navigator Russ Engel, also wounded during this air battle - somehow took copilot Edeburn 's place, despite his own injuries.
Thanks to amazing flying skill of Capt. Reeder and crew, they safely returned from enemy territory.
Both Lt. Engel & Lt. Delao were SWA (Severely Wounded in Action), and their wartime service ended.
Delao was hospitalized at several RAF, US military hospitals for months following Stuttgart.
Delao was from San Antonio, Texas.
Died Jan., 2017 in San Antonio.
Buried at Ft. Sam Houston, San Antonio, Tx.

Service

Units served with

  • 100th Bomb Group

    100th Bomb Group

    Group
    "The Bloody Hundredth", so-called because of a reputation for losing a high number aircraft and crews, flew B-17s from Thorpe Abbotts, Norfolk. Their losses were not the highest of any Eighth Air Force Group but on several occasions the Group lost many...

  • 349th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-30088 "Squawkin' Hawk II"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 8/4/43; Kearney 16/4/43; Wendover 2/5/43; Hill 12/5/43; Wendover 18/5/43; Kearney 22/5/43; Dow Field 27/5/43; Assigned 349BS/100BG [XR-E] Thorpe Abbotts 9 June 1943. Severe battle damage over Stuttgart 6 September 1943 with Sumner...

Associated Place

  • Thorpe Abbotts

    Military site : airfield
    Home of the 'Bloody Hundredth’, a Bomb Group with a reputation for high casualty rates, Thorpe Abbotts was under USAAF control from June 1943 to the end of the war. Some of the airfield survives today, and the control tower houses the 100th Bomb Group...

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
02 March 2020 01:57:12 jmoore43 Changes to biography
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Added a "#" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
23 July 2019 00:49:24 L Delao Changes to biography
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Lisa Delao

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23 July 2019 00:41:32 L Delao Changes to biography
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Lisa Delao

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23 July 2019 00:38:50 L Delao Changes to biography
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Lisa Delao

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22 July 2019 23:54:42 L Delao Changes to media associations
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Lisa Delao

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22 July 2019 23:52:55 L Delao Changes to media associations
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L.Delao

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22 July 2019 23:51:18 L Delao Changes to media associations
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Lisa Delao

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21 July 2019 23:47:29 L Delao Changes to biography
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L.Delao

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21 July 2019 22:34:53 L Delao Changes to middlename, suffix, highest rank and biography
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- Lisa Delao

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:21:24 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

100th Bomb Group Foundation Directory, 2000 - 2001, 1 Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. 1 p. 507by Bishop & Hey / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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