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Antonio J Giangreco


Crashed in B-17 #42-39217 nicknamed 'Impatient Virgin/ Iza Blue' on 14 October 1943 near RAF Lichfield after a mission over Schweinfurt. All crew returned to duty.

13 Nov 1943. B-17 #42-30213 'Lil One'. After developing severe vibrations from a runaway prop that would not feather after take-off, the crew was ordered to bail out. A/C crashed near Ipswich.



  • Robert Simons

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 562BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF. Crashed in B-17 42-39217 nicknamed 'Impatient Virgin / Iza Blue' on 14-Oct-43 near RAF Lichfield after a mission over Schweinfurt. All crew returned to duty (RTD). ...

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Units served with

  • 388th Bomb Group

    388th Bomb Group

    The 388th Bomb Group flew strategic bombing mission from Knettishall, Suffolk from June 1943 to the end of the war. During this time, though, detachments were sent to Fersfield, Norfolk to conduct Aphrodite missions. In these Aphrodite missions veteran...

  • 562nd Bomb Squadron


  • 42-30213 Lil' One

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 29/4/43; Gore 9/5/43; Sioux City 10/5/43; Smoky Hill 11/6/43; Dow Fd 15/6/43; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 1/6/43; crashed on take off for Bremen after encountering mechanical problems 13/11/43 with Bob Simons, Co-pilot: Alvin...

  • 42-30217 Iza Blue / Impatient Virgin

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 29/4/43; Sioux City 13/5/43; Smoky Hill 10/6/43; Dow Fd 15/6/43; Assigned 560BS/388BG Knettishall 16/6/43 IZA BLUE. ...

Associated Place

  • Lichfield

    Military site : non-airfield
    The site of Litchfield Races was used to build a barracks which became operational in 1881. The 1702 grandstand still exists. ...


Event Location Date
Returned to Duty (RTD) 14 October 1943
Returned to Duty (RTD) 13 November 1943


Date Contributor Update
21 April 2022 01:22:08 jmoore43 Changes to biography, events and place associations

Added an association to “Lichfield” per info in the "Summary biography".
Added some punctuation in the "Summary biography" to aid readability.
Updated the description for the RTD events.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:03:53 AAM AAM ingest

Combat Chronology, Unit History / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia