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Harold Andrew Capelluto

Military

Enlisted RCAF 1941, transferred to USAAF on 9-May-42. Assigned to 91TCS, 439TCG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) D-day mission to Normandy. A/C C-47 42-93095 hit by flak, with an engine on fire, tried to land the plane in a field but a wing clipped a hedgerow and the A/C crashed, exploding, killing all aboard, Beuzeville-au-Plain, Manche, France. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 8408.

Awards: AM, PH.

Service

People

  • John Fanelli

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-pilot | 439th Troop Carrier Group
    Assigned to 91TCS, 439TCG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) D-day mission to Normandy. A/C C-47 42-93095 hit by flak, with an engine on fire, tried to land the plane in a field but a wing clipped a hedgerow and the A/C crashed, exploding, killing all...

  • Bernard Friedman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 439th Troop Carrier Group
    Assigned to 91TCS, 439TCG, 9AF USAAF. ...

  • Norman Thompson

    Military | Sergeant | Radio operator | 439th Troop Carrier Group
    Assigned to 91TCS, 439TCG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) D-day mission to Normandy. A/C C-47 42-93095 hit by flak, with an engine on fire, tried to land the plane in a field but a wing clipped a hedgerow and the A/C crashed, exploding, killing all...

  • Albert Tillotson

    Military | Sergeant | Flight Engineer | 439th Troop Carrier Group
    Assigned to 91TCS, 439TCG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) D-day mission to Normandy. A/C C-47 42-93095 hit by flak, with an engine on fire, tried to land the plane in a field but a wing clipped a hedgerow and the A/C crashed, exploding, killing all...

Aircraft

  • 42-93095

    C-47 Skytrain
    Assigned to 91TCS, 439TCG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) D-day mission to Normandy. Hit by flak, with an engine on fire, pilot 1Lt Harold A Capelluto tried to land the plane in a field but a wing clipped a hedgerow and the A/C crashed, exploding,...

Associated Place

  • Upottery

    Military site : airfield
    Known locally as Smeatharpe, Upottery was built during 1943-44 potentially as a USAAF medium bomber, or reconnaissance or transport base. It had three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. Opened in February 1944 and...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Mitchell County, Texas, USA 1918

Son of Jane Frances Capelluto.

Lived in Nassau County, New York, USA 1941
Enlisted Canada 1941

Enlisted Royal Canadian Airforce RCAF 1941.

Enlisted New York, USA 9 May 1942

Transferred to USAAF on 9-May-42.

Based Upottery 1943 – 6 June 1944

Assigned to 91TCS, 439TCG, 9AF USAAF.

Died 50480 Beuzeville-au-Plain, France 6 June 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) D-day mission to Normandy. A/C C-47 42-93095 hit by flak and crashed Beuzeville-au-Plain, Manche, France. KIA. MACR 8408.

Buried 50480 Beuzeville-au-Plain, France 7 June 1944

Interred
Field burial
Beuzeville-au-Plain

Buried 1946

Re-Interred
Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial

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