Vito Santo Pedone

Military
D-Day, first Pathfinder crew to be back after mission over Normandy UPL 28820 UPL 28820 "Photo made immediately after first 9th Troop Carrier plane** to fly over target area landed back in England. Crew includes, left to right: S/Sgt. Edward F. Laurendeau (crew chief); Capt Edward E Cannon (surgeon); Capt William Culp, (navigator); Capt Vito S Pedone (co-pilot), Lt Col Joel L Crouch (pilot); Missing on the picture Cpl. Harold E. Coonrod (Radio-operator)" - ** C-47A 42-93098. Serial #1 Chalk #1.

NARA ref 342-FH-3A09086-53323AC.

personnal knowledge. Change of the name of the man on the left of the picture. He is the crew chief and not the radio operator

Object Number - UPL 28820 - "Photo made immediately after first 9th Troop Carrier plane** to fly over target area landed back in England. Crew includes, left to right: S/Sgt....

Initially assigned to 8AF as A-20 bomber pilot, completed 25 x missions on type. Transferred to IX Troop Carrier Command, 9AF USAAF as Operations officer. Co-piloted lead aircraft [C-47 #42-93098] of lead serial to drop pathfinder paratroops at zone A, St-Germain-de-Varrevill, France on D-day 6-Jun-44. 

WWII brought Vito Pedone and Jerry Curtis to England in 1943 to successfully prepare and execute a critical mission: "D-Day". The many months to build-up American forces and prepare for D-day provided the opportunity for them to meet and fall in love. They were stationed at different air bases, so Vito would pilot various aircraft to visit Jerry at her base! They were married in England in 1943. They both would successfully execute their assigned D-Day missions: 
- Vito's : the Airborne Invasion of Normandy 
- Jerry's: the Medical Air Evacuation of the wounded from Normandy back to England. 

Their full story can be found in "The D-Day Pilot and Flight Nurse" by Stephen Pedone. 

Awards: DFC, LOM, AM (5 OLC), WWII Victory, EAME, Defense, National Defense, Korean and UN medal. 

Post War: Remained in USAF, from 46-50 in South Pacific testing a-bombs. Later flying 135 combat missions in B-26 and C-47's supporting US army special forces units in Vietnam conflict. Re-assigned as a F-105 Starfighter pilot 41st air division, 5th AF in Japan. Rose to rank of Colonel by his retirement in 1973.

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People

D-Day, first Pathfinder crew. Serial #1 Chalk #1
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: IX Air Force Troop Carrier Command
  • Service Numbers: O-309751
  • Highest Rank: Colonel
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 806th Medical Air Evacuation Transportation Squadron
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Flight Nurse

Aircraft

D-Day, first Pathfinder crew. Serial #1 Chalk #1
  • Aircraft Type: C-47 Skytrain
  • Unit: 439th Troop Carrier Group 94th Troop Carrier Squadron

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Related videos and documents

  • Media Type: Document
  • Object Number: Document 37642
  • Description: "The D-Day Pilot and Flight Nurse" by Stephen Pedone, Lt. Col., USAF, Ret, Naples, Florida.
  • Media Type: Document
  • Object Number: Document 37753
  • Description: Vito and Geraldine Pedone. Pedone Family Veteran's Day Remembrance.
  • Media Type: Document
  • Object Number: Document 37754
  • Description: Vito and Geraldine Pedone. Pedone Family at Arlington.

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

30 June 1921 Son of Morris and Josephine Pedone.

Enlisted

18 November 1941 Fort Bragg, North Carolina

Other

Chalk #1, Serial #1 D-day

6 June 1944 Co-piloted lead aircraft [C-47 42-93098] of lead serial to drop pathfinder paratroops at zone A, St-Germain-de-Varrevill, France on D-day 6-Jun-44.

Died

24 March 2007

Based

Assigned to IX Troop Carrier Command, 9AF USAAF.

Born

Buried/ Commemorated

Arlington National Cemetery Arlington Arlington County Virginia, USA

Other

Graduated flight school

Graduated flight school, commissioned 2Lt Apr-42.

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Information from Stephen Pedone (Son), Lt. Col., USAF, Ret, Naples, Florida and his article "The D-Day Pilot and Flight Nurse"

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