Fred John Dioquardo

Military
Sergeant Fred Dioquardo of the 303rd Bomb Group stokes the stove inside a hut. Image stamped on reverse: ''Copyright Current Affairs Ltd.' [stamp], 'Passed for publication 28 Jan 1943.' [stamp], '245666.' [Censor no.] Printed caption on reverse: 'Stoking the stove in an American Army Air Force hut somewhere in England. Sergeant Fred Dioquardo, of Bayport, Long Island, asked the photographer to send this message back to his parents and fiance Miss H Sherwood , Maple Ave, Long Island: "I will be home when I

Object Number - FRE 943 - Sergeant Fred Dioquardo of the 303rd Bomb Group stokes the stove inside a hut. Image stamped on reverse: ''Copyright Current Affairs Ltd.' [stamp],...

Flew 28 combat missions. Served as ball Turret Gunner with many pilots and on many different aircraft in the 360th Squadron of the 303rd Bomb Group.

First mission on 4 April 1943 with John Farrar (42-5260); 2nd one with Clemens Wurzbach (41-24562); third with Carl Morales (41-24562); fourth with John Van Wie (42-5393); fifth with Jack Timken (42-29656); sixth with Robert O'Connor (42-5360); seventh with Major Lewis Lyle (42-5260); ninth to twelve with Claude Campbell (41-24561, 42-3002 and two on 42-3029). Most other missions from 10 July 1943 on were flown with Lt William T. Baker on various planes, most frequently 42-5260.

John Dioquardo was credited with 1 Fw190 destroyed (mission of 17/7/43 with Claude Campbell in "Shangri La" #42-29754 and one Me110 damaged on the same plane with the same pilot the following day 16/8/43. Credited with one Fw190 destroyed, 17/8/43. Credited with another Fw190 and one Me110 destroyed. He completed his combat tour on 4 October 1943.

Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

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Units served with

Official emblem of the 303rd Bomb Group approved 7 November 1942.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 360th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O735486
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 359th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 18057056 / O-724591
  • Highest Rank: Colonel
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 360th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-430994
  • Highest Rank: Captain
  • Role/Job: Pilot
An airman of the 303rd Bomb Group with his B-17 Flying Fortress. A printed caption was previously attached to the reverse, however this has been removed. Handwritten caption on reverse: '6-9-43 C.' On reverse: Associated Press [Stamp].
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 2nd Bomb Group 303rd Bomb Group 351st Bomb Group 379th Bomb Group 360th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-364599
  • Highest Rank: General
  • Role/Job: Commanding Officer
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 358th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-435877
  • Highest Rank: Captain
  • Role/Job: Pilot

Aircraft

Ground crew work of the 303rd Bomb Group work on the engines of a B-17 Flying Fortress nicknamed "The Duchess". Passed for publication 20 Jan 1944. Printed caption on reverse: 'Famous Fortresses. Associated Press Photo Shows:- Ground crewmen at work on the Fortress "Duchess", which has already been on 50 missions over enemy territory. They are (left to right, lower): Sgt. Clyde L. Dewald, of 200 E Union St., Schnykill Haven, Penn.; and Sgt. James C. Hicks, of Rowtob, Henderson, K.Y.; (Upper) Cpl. Charles
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: The Duchess, Sure Stuff
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 359th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Sky Wolf
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 358th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: The Terrible Ten, Skunkface
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars 322nd Bomb Squadron 358th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Mason's Morons, Shangri-La Lil
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 95th Bomb Group 334th Bomb Squadron 360th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: The Old Squaw
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 359th Bomb Squadron

Missions

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Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

Bayport, Long Island, NY 26 January 1922 Son of Frank and Mary Dioquardo.

Other

E/A destroyed

17 July 1943 Fw190 destroyed; 42-29754 'Shangri La' 17-Jul-43.

Other

E/A damaged

18 July 1943 Me110 damaged; 42-29754 'Shangri La' 18-Jul-43.

Other

E/A destroyed

16 August 1943 Fw190 destroyed; 16-Aug-43.

Other

E/A destroyed

17 August 1943 Fw190 destroyed; 17-Aug-43.

Other

E/A damaged

17 August 1943 Me110 destroyed; 17-Aug-43.

Died

Bayport, Long Island, NY
Bayport, Long Island, NY Recorded resident in Bayport in Jun-66 at the time of his mothers death.

Buried

Saint Lawrence Martyr Roman Catholic Cemetery Sayville, Suffolk County, NY Father and mother buried at; Saint Lawrence Martyr Roman Catholic Cemetery Sayville, Suffolk County, NY

Based

Molesworth Assigned to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF.
Bayport, Long Island, NY Worked as a florist pre-war; father and mother being in the florist business since emigrating from Italy circa 1915-6.

Enlisted

New York City, NY New York City, New York

Revisions

Date16 Jun 2021 18:15:54
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Added punctuation in the "Summary biography" to aid readability.

Date26 Feb 2021 10:19:56
ContributorAl_Skiff
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Removed # from A/C serial No. to aid clarity and consistency

Date25 Feb 2021 20:02:20
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Added punctuation to the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

Date1 Jul 2020 22:47:56
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Added a missing "(" for clarity.

Date28 Mar 2020 18:36:57
Contributorjmoore43
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Added a "#" to all the A/C serial numbers in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date20 Feb 2020 22:37:03
Contributorjmoore43
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Added a "#" to the A/C serial numbers in the "Summary biography" for clarity.

Date15 Apr 2015 14:51:24
ContributorED-BB
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303rd Bomb Group website : www.303rdbg.com
WW II Registry

Date15 Apr 2015 11:39:49
ContributorED-BB
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Wrong last name : must be Dioquardo instead of "Diquordo"

Date27 Sep 2014 18:10:19
ContributorAAM
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / daughter / http://303rdbg.com/rost-cd.html#C

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