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Joseph Michael Giambrone


Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Crew chief for B-17 41-24485 'Memphis Belle' Joe kept the 'Belle' Flying through six months of combat. He replaced 9 engines, both wings, two tails, both main landing gear, and more !! Once 'Belle' returned to the US, he was crew chief on B-17 41-9023 'Yankee Doodle' a war weary hack passed to 91BG from 97BG.

Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

Post war: Retired as construction company office manager.


Units served with

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...

  • 324th Bomb Squadron

    324th Bomb Squadron

    Home of the Memphis Belle


  • 41-24485 Memphis Belle

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned to the 324th Bomb Squadron/91st Bomb Group [DF-A], Bangor 31/8/42; Bassingbourn 26/10/42; one of first in group to complete 25 missions; Returned to the USA Columbia 25/6/43 for nationwide war bond tour; Reconstruction Finance Corporation ...

  • 41-9023 Yankee Doodle

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Boeing B-17E ...

Associated Place

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents ( , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...


Event Location Date
Born Hulmeville, PA, USA 28 February 1918

Son of Antonio and Vincenza Lucia “Jennie” [Bono] Giambrone.

Lived in Bucks County, PA, USA 1941
Enlisted Fort Indiantown Gap, PA, USA 18 August 1941

Fort Indiantown Gap

Based Bassingbourn 1942 – 1945

Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Montgomery County, PA, USA 30 January 1992
Buried Hillside Cemetery Roslyn Montgomery County PA February 1992

Hillside Cemetery
Montgomery County
Pennsylvania, USA


Date Contributor Update
20 January 2021 21:38:04 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, biography and events
Removed # from A/C serial No. to aid clarity and consistency.

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19 January 2021 23:48:05 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Added some punctuation to the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

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23 October 2019 03:28:34 jmoore43 Changes to nickname

Added nickname.

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09 December 2016 13:14:40 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations

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27 September 2014 18:16:58 AAM AAM ingest

91st BG / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia