Joseph Michael Giambrone

Military
media-25257.jpeg UPL 25257 ENGLAND - M/Sgt Joseph M Giambrone, [ Norristown, Pa.], former crew chief of the "Memphis Belle." Sgt Giambrone is standing in front of the first Boeing B-17 Flying fortress, "Yankee Doodle," to fly over enemy territory, in August 1942. It was then piloted by Lt General Ira C Eaker.

NARA ref 342-FH-3A12466-55433AC.

Crew chief M/Sgt Joseph Giambrone standing in front of his charge 'Yankee Doodle' 324BS hack, formerly a war wagon for 97BG. Joe was the crew chief for 41-24485 'Memphis Belle' up until her departure for the ZI.

Object Number - UPL 25257 - ENGLAND - M/Sgt Joseph M Giambrone, [ Norristown, Pa.], former crew chief of the "Memphis Belle." Sgt Giambrone is standing in front of the first...

Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Crew chief for B-17 #41-24485 'Memphis Belle' Joe kept the 'Belle' Flying through six months of combat. He replaced 9 engines, both wings, two tails, both main landing gear, and more !! Once 'Belle' returned to the US, he was crew chief on B-17 #41-9023 'Yankee Doodle' a war weary hack passed to 91BG from 97BG.



Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.



Post war: Retired as construction company office manager.

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Units served with

Unofficial emblem of the 91st Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

Aircraft

Lieutenant-General Jacob L. Devers adresses a bomber crew of the 91st Bomb Group in front of their B-17 Flying Fortress (DF-A, serial number 41-24485) nicknamed "Memphis Belle". Passed for publication 10 Jun 1943. Printed caption on reverse: 'Not For Publication Before 00.30 June 10th. Flying Fortress Returns To U.S.A. After 25 Operations. June 1943. At an 8th Army Air Station somewhere in England, Lt.-Gen. Jacob L. Devers, and Major-General Ira. C. Eaker, bidded fare-well to the Flying Fortress "Memphis
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Memphis Belle
  • Unit: 91st Bomb Group 324th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Yankee Doodle
  • Unit: 91st Bomb Group 92nd Bomb Group 97th Bomb Group 323rd Bomb Squadron 324th Bomb Squadron 414th Bomb Squadron

Places

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

Hulmeville, PA, USA 28 February 1918 Son of Antonio and Vincenza Lucia “Jennie” [Bono] Giambrone.

Enlisted

Fort Indiantown Gap, PA, USA 18 August 1941 Fort Indiantown Gap Pennsylvania

Died

Montgomery County, PA, USA 30 January 1992

Born

Bucks County, PA, USA

Based

Bassingbourn Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF.

Buried/ Commemorated

Hillside Cemetery RoslynMontgomery CountyPA Hillside Cemetery Roslyn Montgomery County Pennsylvania, USA

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91st BG / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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