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Howard Joseph Polizzo

Military

Killed in Action (KIA). Plane exploded mid-air near Downham Market, England

Flew these 379th Missions:
82 3/16/1944 Augsburg, Germany
83 3/18/1944 Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany
84 3/19/1944 Wizernes, France
85 3/20/1944 Frankfurt, Germany
86 3/22/1944 Berlin, Germany
87 3/23/1944 Neubeckum, Germany
90 3/27/1944 Chartes, France
91 3/28/1944 Dijon / Longvic, France
93 4/9/1944 Marienburg, Germany
94 4/10/1944 Brussels / Evere, Belgium
95 4/11/1944 Sorau, Germany

Based Pyote, TX, USA 23 September 1943 – 8 December 1943
John Daly's crew trains at Peyote Air Base in Texas. The group pictures of the crew were taken here. They pose in front of a B17 in their flight jackets. They sit on a wall, smiling at us.

Based Snettisham, King's Lynn PE31 7LS, UK January 1944 – 19 February 1944
AFB 172, Snettingsham, England. Daly's crew receives intensive gunnery training. The men become proficient in the .50-caliber from all positions on the plane.

Based Kimbolton, UK 20 February 1944 – 11 April 1944
Daly's Crew is assigned to the 379th Bomb Group, 525th Squadron.

Service

People

  • John Daly

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 11 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Sorau, Germany mission 11-Apr-44 'Tenny Belle' exploded in mid-air near Downham Market, England. Killed in Action (KIA). No MACR Awards: AM, PH.

  • William Evans

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 17 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Sorau, Germany mission 11-Apr-44 'Tenny Belle' exploded in mid-air near Downham Market, England. Sole survivor, blown out of A/C with chute. Wounded in Action (WIA) RTD....

  • Frank Hearne

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 11 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) in 42-31083. A/C exploded mid-air near Downham Market, England. Killed in Action (KIA) Awards: AM, PH.

  • Joseph Jennings

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier; Navigator; Bombardier Instructor | 379th Bomb Group
    Joe Jennings served as a bombardier and navigator with the 525th Bomb Squadron of the 379th Bomb Group, flying missions out of Kimbolton, England. While Joe is at Alconbury receiving Radar training, he learns about the crash of April 11 that kills John...

  • Robert Koerber

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 11 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Sorau Germany mission 11-Apr-44 'Tenny Belle' exploded in mid-air near Downham Market, England. Killed in Action (KIA) Awards: AM, PH.

  • Adriel Langendoerfer

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio man | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USSAF. FTR (FTR) in B-17 42-31083. A/C exploded in mid-air near Downham Market, England Killed in Action (KIA) Awards: AM, PH.

  • John MacCallum

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 11 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Sorau Germany mission 11-Apr-44 'Tenny Belle' exploded in mid-air near Downham Market, England. Killed in Action (KIA) Awards: AM, PH.

  • Sterling May

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier/Left Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Served as a reserve crewmember on the following missions/position Mission 253: B-17 42-31394 Left Waist Gunner Mission 273: B-17 42-39800 Bombardier

  • Andrew Puca

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Nose Gunner / Togglier, Right Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group

  • Harvey Tuber

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 11 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) in B-17 42-31083. A/C exploded mid-air near Downham Market, England, navigator survived. Killed in Action (KIA) Awards: AM, PH.

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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

  • 42-3072

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 5/2/43; Assigned 94BG Presque Is 4/43; transferred 324BS/91BG [DF-B] Bassingbourn 15/9/43; 525BS/379BG Kimbolton 27/9/43; Returned to the USA 21/5/44; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Altus 24/1/45.

  • 42-31083 Tenny Belle

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

  • 42-38082

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 6/12/43; Kearney 26/12/43; Nutts Corner, Belfast, N.I. 14/1/44; Assigned 525BS/379BG [FR-L] Kimbolton 29/1/44; Missing in Action Berlin 24/5/44 with Capt Lytle Shumake, Co-pilot: George Smith, Navigator: Regis Savage, Bombardier:...

  • 42-38161 SARA JANE

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 3/1/44; Kearney 14/1/44; Assigned 525BS/379BF [FR-O] Kimbolton 19/2/44; Missing in Action Berlin 7/5/44 with Clarry Darnell, Co-pilot: John Jones, Radio Operator: Tom Wilkens, Ball turret gunner: Bill Snider, Waist gunner: Lewis Rule...

  • 42-38183 The Lost Angel

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 8/1/44; Albuquerque 12/1/44; Assigned 525BS/379BG [FR-C] Kimbolton 10/2/44; then 524BS [WA-G] ; flak battle damaged, crash landed Magdeburg 28/9/44 with Stan Bailey, Co-pilot: Sumner Alpert, Navigator: Jim Rung, Bombardier: Bill Coles,...

  • 42-39800 Patches, Just So

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered 4/9/43; Assigned 303BG Molesworth 18/10/43; transferred 1 Base Air Depot, Burtonwood 23/10/43; re-ass 547BS/384BG [SO- ] Grafton Underwood 2/11/43; transferred 526BS/379BG [LF-T] Kimbolton 7/11/43; crashed RAF Wilton, UK 2/12/44; sal 2 SAD...

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 262

    16 March 1944
    The two primary targets for this mission are: the industrial areas of Augsburg, Germany and Friedrichshafen, Germany. A combined force of 720 heavy bombers are despatched from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions. The bomber gunners of the combined despatch...

  • 8th Air Force 264

    18 March 1944
    The German aircraft industries and aie depots are the main objectives of this mission. A combined total of 738 heavy bombers from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions are despatched to bomb the German aircraft industries at Oberpfaffenhofen and...

  • 8th Air Force 266

    19 March 1944
    V-Weapon sites in France are the targets for this mission. A combined force of 193 B-17s of 1st and 3rd Air Divisions are despatched. Mission Summary follows: ...

  • 8th Air Force 269

    20 March 1944
    The industrial areas of Frankfurt and the railroad marshalling yards there are the targets for this mission. All three Air Disivisions despatch aircraft but high clouds frustrated bombing attempts and many formations abandoned the mission even after...

  • 8th Air Force 273

    22 March 1944
    The German aviation industries at Oraneinburg and Basdorf were the intended primary target for this mission but dense cloud cover prevented the attack on these targets. The secondary target of Berlin, Germany and surrounding Targets of Opportunity (TOs...

  • 8th Air Force 275

    23 March 1944
    The industrial areas of Brunswick, Munster, Osnabruck, and Achmer, Germany as well as the airfield at Handorf, Germany become the targets for a force of 768 heavy bombers despatched by all three Air Divisions. The bomber gunner claims on German...

  • 8th Air Force 282

    27 March 1944
    This mission might be likened to a "shotgun blast" as a combined force 714 heavy bombers are despatched form all three Air Divisions to attack 11 different German airfields and air depots in France. Mission summary follows: ...

  • 8th Air Force 283

    28 March 1944
    A force of 450 heavy bombers from all three Air Divisions is despatched to bomb the German E-Boat pens at Ijmuiden, Holland and German airfields in France. Mission Summary follows: ...

  • 8th Air Force 293

    9 April 1944

  • 8th Air Force 295

    10 April 1944

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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....

  • Snettisham

    Military site : non-airfield
    Sometime after late summer in 1943 an RAF Gunnery Range was taken over to provide gunnery training for B-17 crews close to where they would be deployed at East Anglian airfields. ...

  • Barroway Drove

    Crash site

  • Alexandria Army Air Base

    Military site : airfield

  • Pyote Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Born New Braunfels, TX 24 December 1922

Son of Gus Joseph and Norma M [Nowotny] Polizzo.

Time of draft registration Stratford, CT June 1942

Working at Vought Sikorsky Aircraft Division, Stratford, CT.

Based Alexandria Army Air Base 1943

B-17 aircrew training

Enlisted Hartford, CT, USA 3 February 1943
Based Pyote Army Airfield 23 September 1943 – 8 December 1943

B-17 Flying Fortress crew training

Based Snettisham January 1944 – 19 February 1944

Intensive gunnery training

Based Kimbolton 20 February 1944 – 11 April 1944

Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Barroway Drove, Downham Market PE38 0AJ, UK 11 April 1944
Buried Cambridge American Cemetery 12 April 1944

Interred
Cambridge American Cemetery

Buried Saint Michael's Cemetery, Stratford, CT September 1948

Re-Interred
Saint Michaels Cemetery Stratford, Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA
Veterans Circle First Row

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 July 2019 18:57:48 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, events and unit associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/606574562
https://www.fold3.com/image/319181168
https://www.fold3.com/image/310953042?rec=300724429
http://8thairforce.com/members/missionsflownby.asp?perIdentification=5587
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/166904401/howard-joseph-polizzo

Date Contributor Update
28 March 2018 04:27:44 TennyBelle Changes to place associations
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personal records

Date Contributor Update
28 March 2018 04:26:34 TennyBelle Changes to role, awards and events
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newspaper clipping provided by other crewmembers next of kin.

Date Contributor Update
20 March 2018 17:43:16 TennyBelle Changes to events
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personal records

Date Contributor Update
20 March 2018 17:14:40 TennyBelle Changes to biography
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Joseph W. Jennings profile

Date Contributor Update
07 March 2018 02:01:38 Jennings Changes to person associations
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Joseph W. Jennings Military Papers - 1943-1945

Date Contributor Update
04 March 2018 01:41:19 Jennings Changes to awards
Sources

Bibliography: [Betz, Frank L. and Kenneth H. Cassens editors]. 379th Bombardment Group (H) Anthology, Volume One: November 1942-July 1945. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, 2000, p. 302

Date Contributor Update
16 February 2018 22:49:07 TennyBelle Changes to events
Sources

St. Michael's Cemetery records.

Date Contributor Update
06 February 2018 14:22:57 TennyBelle Changes to awards
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family sources

Date Contributor Update
06 February 2018 14:13:09 TennyBelle Changes to events
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family info

Date Contributor Update
04 February 2018 19:23:41 TennyBelle Changes to events
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service records

Date Contributor Update
28 January 2018 20:44:51 TennyBelle Changes to biography
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379th archives

Date Contributor Update
27 December 2017 20:20:22 TennyBelle Changes to place associations and aircraft associations
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available/known data

Date Contributor Update
27 December 2017 20:18:49 TennyBelle Changes to service number
Sources

Accident Report

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:13:16 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Combat Chronology; 379th Bombardment Group Anthology, pg 302 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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