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Emile George Piazza


Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Mijenaleck on 8/15/44 in B-24 'Lady Lightning' #42-52597



  • John Suchiu

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Mijenaleck in B-24 'Lady Lighting' #42-52597

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Units served with

  • 466th Bomb Group

    466th Bomb 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


  • 42-52597 Lady Lightning

    B-24 Liberator
    Our pilot (Arthur Kraft) picked the plane up at the Willow Run factory and had to sign a $50,000 voucher. We were a new group. In February 1944 we took off from West Palm Beach, F:L, stopped in Trinidad and then on to Belem, Brazil. From there we...


  • 8th Air Force 554

    15 August 1944
    Airfields in NW Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium are the primary targets for this mission. 8th Air Force despatches a total of 932 aircraft. The raid is coordinated with 1,000 Royal Air Force (RAF) heavy bombers and Mosquitos attacking 9 airfields...

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...


Event Location Date
Born Bay St Louis, Mississippi 18 November 1922
Enlisted Montgomery, AL, USA 9 April 1941
Lived in Bay Saint Louis, MS, USA 1942

506 Dunbar Avenue

Shot Down 8351 Wapserveen, Netherlands 15 August 1944
Prisoner of War (POW) Tychowo, Poland September 1944 – May 1945

Stalag Luft IV

Died Slidell, LA, USA 6 January 1994

Served in Army Air Corps in WWII as the top turret gunner in the B-24, "Lady Lightning". He was taken prisoner when his plane crashed in the Netherlands. Was liberated at the end of the war. Awarded the Bronze Star with and oak leaf cluster and the Purple Heart. Served as Hancock Co. coroner for 16 years.
Member of V.F.W., American Legion & D.A.V.. Member of Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic Church. Was survived by three brothers, Clifton, Bernard & Albert Piazza of Bay St. Louis and a sister Mrs. Thelma Niolet of Franklin, N.C.

Buried Bay Saint Louis, MS, USA 9 January 1994

Saint Marys Cemetery
Bay Saint Louis
Hancock County
Mississippi, USA
Plot: S13-22
GPS (lat/lon): 30.31032, -89.33646


Date Contributor Update
20 March 2020 19:30:19 jmoore43 Changes to biography and events

Added a "-" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.
Corrected a typo in the POW event.

Date Contributor Update
28 July 2015 11:33:50 Lucy May Changes to biography and aircraft associations

Combined two entries into a single entry. This entry now includes information from the following sources:
MACR 8428 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

Date Contributor Update
11 July 2015 01:44:34 466thHistorian Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, role, events, person associations and place associations

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:09:07 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 8428