Walter Rossi Jr

Military

Assigned to the66th Bomb Squadron, the 44th Bomb Group, in the 8th Air Force, USAAF. Attacked the German airfields at Foggia, Italy, in, the B-24D, Lady Luck, on TDY to the 9th Air Force. POW in the B-24D, 41-23778, Lady Luck. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 2141-3150

Awards: DFC - PH.

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Units served with

The insignia of the 44th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
A B-24 Liberator (serial number 42-95260) nicknamed "Lili Marlene" of the 66th Bomb Squadron, 44th Bomb Group flies in formation with two comrades. Handwritten caption on reverse: 'B-24 H & B-24 J OF 44th B.G. 66th Sqdn'
  • Unit Hierarchy: Squadron
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

The crew of a B-24 Liberator (serial number 41-23778) nicknamed "Jenny", of the 44th Bomb Group, return to Shipdham following a raid on Germany, 29 January 1943. 

The insignia attached to the breast of several crew members jackets has been censored. 

Image stamped on reverse: 'Barratt's Photo Press.' [stamp], 'Passed for publication 29 Jan 1943.' [stamp]. Printed caption on reverse: 'First American raid on Germany. Flying Fortresses and Liberators of the U.S. Army Air Corps Carried out their first r
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 44th Bomb Group 66th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 11062939 / O-670981
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: - Jenny - Lady Luck
  • Unit: 44th Bomb Group 66th Bomb Squadron

Missions

  • Date: 1 August 1943
  • Official Description: 177 B-24’s, of IX Bomber Command (including Heavy Bombers on loan from Eighth AF) are dispatched to bomb oil refineries at Ploesti and nearby Campina. The operation (TIDALWAVE) is costly, 54 planes and 532 airmen being lost, but damage to the targets...

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

Bronx, New York 5 November 1918 Son of Walter Rossi Sr.

Died

Ruoti, Italy 16 August 1943

Buried

Long Island National Cemetery East Farmingdale, Suffolk County, NY 15 November 1949 Re-Interred Long Island National Cemetery East Farmingdale, Suffolk County, New York

Enlisted

Based

16 August 1943 Assigned to 66BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF.

Revisions

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Best Web - B-24 - Lady Luck

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Best Web - B-24 - Lady Luck

Date2 Jan 2022 23:49:49
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Best Web - B-24 - 41-23778 - Lady Luck

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Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 3150