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Joseph Bonanno

Military

Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Dresden in B-17 'Sack-Time' 42-102544; crashed near Dresden on 17-Apr-45 Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 14168

Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Blaine Thomas

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 21 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Dresden in B-17 'Sack-Time' 42-102544; crashed near Dresden on 17-Apr-45 Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 14168 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...

  • 427th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-102544 'Sack Time'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 12/3/44; Gr Island 7/4/44; Dow Fd 28/4/44; Assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-K] Molesworth 12/5/44, 360BS [PU-K]; Missing in Action Dresden 110m 17/4/45 with Blaine Thomas, Max Bartholomew, Joe Bananno, Harry Haynes, Walter Smith, Luis...

Missions

Associated Place

  • Molesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Molesworth was one of the early stations used by the Eighth Air Force in the UK, first occupied by the 15th Bomb Squadron’s Douglas Bostons in June 1942. Built in 1940 and extended and improved in 1942, Molesworth is most associated with the 303rd...

Events

Event Location Date
Lived in Tenafly, New Jersey, USA 1942

Next of Kin Mrs Rose D Bonanno residing Tenafly, NJ.

Based Molesworth February 1945 – 17 April 1945

Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF.

Baled out POW Dresden, Germany 17 April 1945

Failed to Return (FTR) Dresden in B-17 'Sack-Time' 42-102544; crashed near Dresden on 17-Apr-45 Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 14168

Prisoner of War (POW) Festung Königstein, Germany 17 April 1945 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Held at Oflag IV-B [Konigstein Fortress]. Held along with Lt Blaine Thomas.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
05 March 2019 12:55:42 Al_Skiff Changes to events and person associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/29036036
Blaine Thomas recollections - http://www.303rdbg.com/unusual-1.html

Date Contributor Update
05 March 2019 12:42:19 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/29036036
Sgt Loy E. Tingley recollections - http://www.303rdbg.com/unusual-1.html

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:16:56 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 14168 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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