Gasper A DeSimone

Military

Assigned to 755BS, 458BG, 8AF USAAF. Lt Neil Peters crew. 5 x combat missions. Survived ditching in B-24H 41-29331 'Blondie's Folly'; Mission to Friedrichshafen, 16-Mar-44; Forced to ditch in the Channel after fighters severely damaged A/C. Rescued by British floatplane after 90 minutes. Hospitalised by injuries. RTD. Later crewed the groups assembly ship B-24 'First Sergeant'.

Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

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Units served with

Personnel of the 458th Bomb Group gather around a B-24 Liberator (serial number 41-29303) nicknamed "Liberty Lib" in order to transfer a casualty into a waiting ambulance. Image via Harry Holmes. Written on slide casing: '458th BG.'
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 458th Bomb Group 755th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 18057125 / O-747178
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Big Time Operator
  • Unit: 458th Bomb Group 755th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Blondies Folly
  • Unit: 458th Bomb Group 755th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: - Bucket Of Bolts - First Sergeant
  • Unit: 458th Bomb Group 93rd Bomb Group 329th Bomb Squadron 330th Bomb Squadron 754th Bomb Squadron

Places

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

New York State 1919-03-30

Enlisted

New York, NY 1942-07-29 New York City, New York

Based

Horsham St Faith Assigned to 755BS, 458BG, 8AF USAAF.

Other

Ditched

English channel 1944-03-16 Survived ditching in B-24H 41-29331 'Blondie's Folly'; Mission to Friedrichshafen, 16-Mar-44; Forced to ditch in the Channel after fighters severely damaged A/C. Rescued by British floatplane after 90 minutes.

Died

Tempe, AZ 1988-10-30

Buried

National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, Phoenix, Maricopa County, AZ National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona, USA Section 30 Site 44