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Edward G Mello Jr

Military

Eddie dropped out of high school to join the Navy but was turned down due to color vision issues so he next tried and succeeded in joining the Army Air Corps. Went to war at age 20 and flew 16 missions (See media for descriptions of the missions). After WWII he stayed on in the reserves and worked for New England Telephone, raising his family in New Bedford, MA. He has one daughter and three sons. He lost his wife of 60 years in January 2018. To this day I still question him and learn new things.

Service

People

  • Elmer Anderson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group

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Units served with

  • 466th Bomb Group

    466th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 466th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Attlebridge, Norfolk, during the last year of the war in Europe. The Group flew 232 missions in the course of the year and celebrated the 100th one by inviting local people onto the base to mark the...

  • 787th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

Missions

  • 869

    7 March 1945

  • 872

    8 March 1945
    Mission 872: 1,353 bombers and 326 fighters are dispatched to hit benzol plants, an oil plant and rail targets in Germany using PFF; NO AIRCRAFT ARE LOST AND THERE ARE NO CASUALTIES! ...

  • 881

    11 March 1945
    Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description ...

  • 892

    17 March 1945

  • 8th Air Force 911

    24 March 1945
    "8th AF Aided Paratroops ...

  • 8th Air Force 913

    25 March 1945

  • 8th Air Force 920

    31 March 1945

  • 8th Air Force 931

    7 April 1945
    1,200 Heavies Hit Reich After 1-Day Nazi Air Bid ...

  • 8th Air Force 935

    9 April 1945
    "Heavy bombers of the 8th Air Force once more struck at the source of German air power when over 1,250 Fortresses and Liberators, protected by approximately 750 fighters, hammered ten airfields in the vicinity of Munich, besides attacking an oil depot...

  • 8th Air Force 938

    10 April 1945

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Associated Place

  • Attlebridge

    Military site : airfield
    Attlebridge was constructed for RAF use and completed to that standard in 1942. However, with news that it was to be assigned to the American Air Force, the runways were extended and additional hardstandings and outbuildings constructed for the heavy...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Massachusetts, USA 11 October 1924

Born and raised in New Bedford, MA. His father was a Navy Veteran of WWI. Grandparents came from the Azores.

Enlisted Boston, MA, USA 18 February 1943

Measured at 5'10", 137 lbs. at time of enlistment

Lived in New Bedford, MA, USA 1957

Still in the house he and my mother bought in 1957

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
11 January 2019 14:34:27 general ira snapsorter Changes to aircraft associations
Sources

Information taken from Edward Mello's Mission Book.

Date Contributor Update
08 January 2019 17:06:08 CJMello Changes to biography
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Edited by Ed's son Christopher Mello

Date Contributor Update
08 January 2019 17:02:57 CJMello Changes to biography and events
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Edited by Ed's son Christopher Mello

Date Contributor Update
08 January 2019 16:59:22 CJMello Changes to events
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Edited by Ed's son Christopher Mello

Date Contributor Update
08 January 2019 16:56:47 CJMello Changes to media associations
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Photos belonging to Ed's son Christopher Mello

Date Contributor Update
08 January 2019 16:55:09 CJMello Changes to nickname
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Edited by Ed's son Christopher Mello

Date Contributor Update
08 January 2019 16:42:33 CJMello Changes to biography and events
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Edited by son, Christopher Mello 8Jan19

Date Contributor Update
13 April 2018 21:48:10 466thHistorian Changes to highest rank and events
Sources

466th BG Archives - Operations Order #10 - 787th BS - 1 June 1945 (Operation Home Run)

Date Contributor Update
17 April 2015 02:58:12 466thHistorian Changes to events
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466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
17 April 2015 02:57:42 466thHistorian Changes to suffix, service number, highest rank, role, events, person associations, unit associations and place associations
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466th BG Historian
mooseroots.com

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:08:23 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Unit roster in the book ATTLEBRIDGE ARSENAL by Wassom & Brassfield, page 348

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