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Joseph James Columbo

Military

Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 26 x combat missions. Flew in B-17 42-31083 'Tenny Belle' for most of his missions. ETD

Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Earl Houston

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 28 x combat missions. Flew B-17 42-31083 'Tenny Belle' for most of his missions. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), 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

    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...

  • 525th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-31083 Tenny Belle

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 15/9/43; ...

  • 42-31085 Anita Marie / Mehitabel

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 16/9/43; Gr Island 1/10/43; Assigned 524BS/379BG [WA-D] Kimbolton 6/10/43; transferred 525BS [FR-D]; Missing in Action Leipzig 7/7/44 with John Riedman, Navigator: Dave Sarfaty, Radio Operator: Edmund Moreno, Ball turret gunner: Pete...

  • 42-37784 The Old Fox

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 27/8/43; Scott 29/9/43; Assigned 525BS/379BG [FR-P] Kimbolton 19/10/43; Missing in Action Berlin 24/5/44 with Wilton Gease (Prisoner of War); Co-pilot: Luciano Gastineau, Navigator: Bob Lorentz, Bombardier: Dick O’Neal, Flight engineer...

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 257

    13 March 1944
    V-Weapon sites in the Pas-de-Calaise area of France are the targets for this mission. All three Air Divisions despatch aircraft but the weather is so terrible that most could not bomb a target. Mission Summary follows: ...

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....

Events

Event Location Date
Born Suffolk County, Massachusetts 3 March 1921
Enlisted Boston, MA 2 October 1942

Boston, Massachusetts

Based Kimbolton November 1943 – April 1944

Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF

Died Santa Clara County, CA 3 November 1998
Buried Evergreen Memorial Park Merced, Merced County, CA 6 November 1998

Evergreen Memorial Park
Merced, Merced County, CA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
09 July 2019 21:19:15 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/record/85639115-joseph-j-columbo
http://www.8thairforce.com/members/missionsflownby.asp?perIdentification...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/83877078/joseph-james-columbo

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