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Veto A Iavecchia


Flew two missions on D-Day. Two weeks later, on 6/20/44, immediately after dropping its bombs on a synthetic-oil refinery in Politz Germany, the "Mistah Chick" was disabled by flak and leaking fuel. Rather than setting down on German soil and becoming POWs, the Crew voted to risk an uncertain crossing of the Baltic Sea and try for neutral Sweden. With disabled hydraulics, they belly-landed in a field in/near Halmstad Sweden.....with no fatalities nor significant injuries.

After five months internment in Falun, Veto was repatriated to the USA, November 19, 1944. He finished his final year of service in Texas, USA, joined by his wife and newborn daughter. Upon his discharge, they drove home to Philadelphia PA, where Veto would begin his life-long career as a Master Printer.

B-24 Mistah Chick # 42100146 INT



Units served with

  • 389th Bomb Group

    389th Bomb Group

    The 389th Bomb Group, known in more familiar terms as "the Sky Scorpions", flew strategic bombing missions in B-24 Liberators from Hethel, England. They also sent detachments to join bases in North Africa at Benghazi No. 10, Libya, between 3 July 1943...

  • 567th Bomb Squadron

    567th Bomb Squadron

    567th Bombardment Squadron, 24 December 1942 - 13 September 1945 ...


Associated Place

  • Hethel

    Military site : airfield
    Construction of Hethel airfield began in 1941, and was finished in late 1942. The number of hardstandings was increased from the planned 36 to 50 in 1942, in order to accommodate a full heavy bomb group. The 320th Bomb Group occupied the base for ten...


Event Location Date
Born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA 3 August 1920
Interned: Falun, Sweden 20 June 1944 – 19 November 1944
Died Philadelphia PA 29 May 2013 – 20 June 1944


Date Contributor Update
18 November 2017 06:04:44 alan iavecchia Changes to biography

Summary biography details sourced from son's memory of father's WW2 stories.

Date Contributor Update
22 August 2015 05:31:50 alan iavecchia Changes to events

Add Event.......Internment

Date Contributor Update
22 August 2015 05:30:41 alan iavecchia Changes to events

Add Event.......Internment

Date Contributor Update
22 August 2015 05:21:23 alan iavecchia Changes to biography and events

I, Alan Iavecchia, am the son of 2nd Lt. Veto Iavecchia (USAAF), bombardier of B24 "Mistah Chick".

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:26:26 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 5924 / MACR 5924 & Page 304 in the book SECOND AIR DIVISION by Turner Publishing Co 1998 edition, D790.A2S45 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database