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William Colantoni


After graduation in 1935 from Centerville High School, he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1935 to 1938, called back to active duty in 1941. He flew on Edward J. Hennessy crew. Reported to the ETO on 30 Dec 1942. He earned two probables enemy fighter destroyed. He was the 5th Officer to complete tour. Transferred to the 11th CCRC on 05 Jun 1943.

Awards: DFC (2OLC), AM (4OLC), SS, WWII Victory, EAME, Defense medal.

Post war: Worked in Weirton Coal Mine in Isabella as a mechanic and electrician in 1946. Attended Waynesburg College during the day and at night. Dr Colantoni was a 1951 graduate of University of Pittsburgh Medical School and served his internship at Southside Hospital in Pittsburgh. Established a private practice in Fredericktown in 1952. In 1957, he graduated from Pittsburgh Medical Center and St Francis Hospital as an anesthesiologist.


Units served with


  • 41-24560 'Little Audrey'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 368BS/306BG [BO-D] New Castle 4/10/42; Thurleigh 26/10/42; transferred 369BS [WW- ]; transferred 544BS/384BG [SU-A] Grafton Underwood 5/9/43; 1 Base Air Depot, Burtonwood 15/3/44; Returned to the USA Homestead 14/5/44; Reconstruction Finance...

  • 41-9085 Jarrin' Jenny

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Boeing B-17E ...

Associated Place

  • Bovingdon

    Military site : airfield
    Bovingdon, in Hertfordshire (often confused with Bovington, Dorset), was built in 1941-42 as a bomber station but was never developed into a fully-fledged heavy bomber airfield as it did not have the required 2,000 yard runway. ...

  • Thurleigh

    Military site : airfield
    Built for RAF use in 1941-42, Thurleigh was initially used by RAF Bomber Command before being handed over to the Eighth Air Force. Its runways and hardstandings were improved, and the B-17s of the 306th Bomb Group began using the base. It was their...


Event Location Date
Born Washington, PA 15301, USA 7 June 1916

Son of Nazareno and Finimoia [Serragli] Colantoni.

Enlisted Pittsburgh, PA, USA 1935

Enlisted and served in the Us Army Air Corps from 1935 to 1938, called back to active duty in 1941.

Based Thurleigh 30 December 1942 – 5 June 1943

Assigned to 369BS, 306BG, 8AF USAAF.

Based Bovingdon 5 June 1943

Transferred to 11th Combat Crew Replacement Centre.

Buried Brier Hill, PA 15468, USA May 2013

LaFayette Memorial Park
Brier Hill
Fayette County
Pennsylvania, USA

Died Fayette County, PA, USA 3 May 2013


Date Contributor Update
24 April 2017 15:59:30 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and media associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:27:29 AAM AAM ingest

306th BG Association Directory, 1 September 1999 Edition, 306th BGA Collection, Russell Strong Index Cards, First Over Germany pg. 71, / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia /