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Emilio M Corgnati


Involved in a mid-air collision with another B-17 from the same group on return from operations to airfields in GB on 21 Feb 1944 in B-17G 42-31370 and crashed on Reedham Marshes, Norfolk. Killed in Action (KIA).


Units served with

  • 385th Bomb Group

    385th Bomb Group

    The 385th Bomb Group, who took the nickname "Van's Valiants" after their first Commanding Officer Col. Elliot Vandevanter, flew B-17s from Great Ashfield, Suffolk. The Group led the famous attack on the Focke-Wolfe aircraft factory at Marienburg on 9...

  • 550th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-31370

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/10/43; Gr Island 9/11/43; Nashville 11/11/43; Assigned 550BS/385BG [SG-O] Gt Ashfield 24/11/43; mid air coll with 42-37963 ex-Deipholz 21/2/44 with Capt John Hutchison, Co-pilot: Charles Curtis, Navigator: John Epps, Bombardier:...

Associated Place

  • Great Ashfield

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield was built in 1942 by John Laing & Son Ltd. 108,000 tons of concrete was used in its construction, creating a Class 'A' airfield suitable for heavy bombers. The 385th Bomb Group took up residence in the summer of 1943, and remained at the...


Event Location Date
Born Springfield, MA, USA 2 October 1915
Enlisted Springfield, MA, USA 23 January 1942
Died Reedham, Norwich, Norfolk, UK 21 February 1944
Buried Coton, Cambridge, UK

At Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial 56288766


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17 April 2018 13:14:41 william henry Changes to awards


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13 April 2018 16:48:31 william henry Changes to events

Personal information

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02 February 2018 14:50:56 william henry Changes to biography


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01 February 2018 21:13:58 william henry Changes to biography

Gr to GB to make sense

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American Battle Monuments Commission

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27 September 2014 18:09:07 AAM AAM ingest

Combat Chronology, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia