Johnnie P Bevilacqua

Military

Johnnie Bevilacqua was on board 43-38566 on the 21 November 1944 mission. That plane was involved in a mid-air collision with another 550th Squadron aircraft, 43-38270. Johnnie Bevilacqua and 6 others of the 9-man crew on 43-38566 returned to base, but Bombardier James H. Shaver and Top Turret Gunner Edward F. Myers were made prisoner as they had bailed out.
He died 23 April 1975 in Reno NV.
MACR 10468.
From the Nevada State Journal, April 18, 1945 : “A second oak leaf cluster to his Air Medal has been awarded to Sgt. Johnnie P. Bevilacqua of Reno for "meritorious achievement' while participating in bombing attacks upon military, rail and industrial targets in Germany. Sgt. Bevilacqua, 21, is a waist gunner on an Eighth Air Force B-17. He received his wings at the Las Vegas aerial gunnery school in May, 1944, having entered the Army Air Forces in October, 1943.”

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Units served with

The insignia of the 385th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 385th Bomb Group 550th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 35558862
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 385th Bomb Group 550th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-818657
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 385th Bomb Group 550th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 39213948
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Ball Turret Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 385th Bomb Group 550th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-712414
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 385th Bomb Group 550th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 34536943
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Top Turret Gunner

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Unit: 385th Bomb Group 550th Bomb Squadron

Missions

  • Date: 21 November 1944

Places

Events

Event Location Date Description

Enlisted

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States 27 October 1943

Other

Returned (RTD)

Germany 21 November 1944

Born

Nevada, United States
Reno, Nevada, United States

Revisions

Date3 Nov 2021 10:47:19
ContributorHelen
Sources

385th BG Newsletter 15 January 1977

Date12 May 2015 13:12:30
Sources

Merged with duplicate record to include information drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 10468

Date16 Apr 2015 14:58:53
ContributorED-BB
Sources

MACR 10468
NARA WWII Enlistment records
Nevada State Journal, April 18, 1945.

Date16 Apr 2015 12:47:57
ContributorED-BB
Sources

MACR 10468

Date16 Apr 2015 12:37:50
ContributorED-BB
Sources

MACR 10468

Date16 Apr 2015 12:16:52
ContributorED-BB
Sources

MACR 10468

Date27 Sep 2014 18:16:54
ContributorAAM
Sources

MACR 10468 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database