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Philip Joseph Maniaci


Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 13 x combat missions. Bailed out of B-17 42-38183 on 28 September 1944 'The Lost Angel' caught on fire over the target, Magdeburg, Germany ordance plant and Maniaci bailed out. The fire was extinguished and the rest of the crew returned. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 9363

Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.


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


  • 42-38183 The Lost Angel

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 8/1/44; Albuquerque 12/1/44; Assigned 525BS/379BG [FR-C] Kimbolton 10/2/44; then 524BS [WA-G] ; flak battle damaged during raid on Magdeburg 28/9/44. Took out 2 engines on one wing, flak came through the windshield and glass got into...

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....

  • Stalag Luft IV

    Other location

  • Dulag Luft 12

    Other location


Event Location Date
Born Detroit, MI 1 April 1925
Based Kimbolton 1944 – 28 September 1944

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

Baled out POW Magdeburg, Germany 28 September 1944

Baled out over target believing A/C lost due to fire. A/C returned to base. POW. MACR 9363

Prisoner of War (POW) Tychowo, Poland 28 September 1944 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft IV.


Date Contributor Update
20 December 2018 12:41:05 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, biography, events, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
26 March 2018 09:19:29 Lucy May Changes to firstname, service number, events and place associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:21:32 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 9363;  379th Bombardment Group Anthology, pg 325