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Johnnie P Bevilacqua

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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.”

Service

People

  • Gail Anderson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    S/Sgt Gail E. Anderson Jr was Tail Gunner 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. Anderson and 6 others of the 9-man crew on 43-38566 returned to...

  • Clifford Foss

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    1st Lt Clifford W. Foss was pilot of B-17 Serial 43-38566 on the 21 November 1944 mission. That plane was involved in a mid-air collision with another 550th Squadron aircraft, 43-38270. Clifford Foss and 6 others of his 9-man crew on 43-38566 returned...

  • Robert Houston

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Robert W. Houston 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. Houston and 6 others of the 9-man crew on 43-38566 returned to base, but Bombardier...

  • Myron Loyet

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 385th Bomb Group
    Myron M. Loyet 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. Loyet and 6 others of the 9-man crew on 43-38566 returned to base, but Bombardier James...

  • Edward Myers

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Top Turret Gunner T/Sgt Edward F. Myers 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. The pilot and 6 others of the 9-man crew on 43-38566 returned...

  • Theodore Otto

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 385th Bomb Group
    Theodore E. Otto 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. Ted Otto and 6 others of the 9-man crew on 43-38566 returned to base, but Bombardier...

  • Otho Quick

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot / Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Otho J. Quick 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. Quick and 6 others of the 9-man crew on 43-38566 returned to base, but Bombardier...

  • James Shaver

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 385th Bomb Group
    Lt James Shaver was bombardier 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. The pilot and 6 others of the 9-man crew on 43-38566 returned to base, but...

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Units served with

  • 385th Bomb Group

    385th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 385th Bomb Group, who took the nickname "Van's Valiants" after their first Commanding Officer Col. Elliot Vandevanter, flew B-17s from Great Ashfield, Suffolk. The Group led the famous attack on the Focke-Wolfe aircraft factory at Marienburg on 9...

  • 550th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 43-38566

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 18/8/44; Lincoln 6/9/44; Grenier 24/9/44; Assigned 550BS/385BG [SG-T] Gt Ashfield 25/9/44; returning from Osnabruck 21/11/44 with Cliff Foss (Cobb), Otho Quick, Myron Loyet, Theo Otto, Bob Houston, John Bevilcqua, Gail Anderson (7...

Missions

  • 720

    21 November 1944

Associated Place

  • Great Ashfield

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield was built in 1942 by John Laing & Son Ltd. 108,000 tons of concrete was used in its construction, creating a Class 'A' airfield suitable for heavy bombers. The 385th Bomb Group took up residence in the summer of 1943, and remained at the...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Nevada, United States 1923
Enlisted Salt Lake City, Utah, United States 27 October 1943
Returned (RTD) Germany 21 November 1944
Lived in Reno, Nevada, United States

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 November 2021 10:47:19 Helen Changes to biography
Sources

385th BG Newsletter 15 January 1977

Date Contributor Update
12 May 2015 13:12:30 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography
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

Date Contributor Update
16 April 2015 14:58:53 ED-BB Changes to biography and events
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
16 April 2015 12:47:57 ED-BB Changes to biography and events
Sources

MACR 10468

Date Contributor Update
16 April 2015 12:37:50 ED-BB Changes to surname, suffix, service number, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 10468

Date Contributor Update
16 April 2015 12:16:52 ED-BB Changes to suffix and biography
Sources

MACR 10468

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:16:54 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

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

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