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Joseph Simoncini

Military

Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 33 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) mission in B-17G 42-97680 'Lil Satan' Baled out after direct hit to nose of A/C. Prisoner of War (POW). 25-Jun-44. MACR 6738.

Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

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  • Karl Becker

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 35 x combat missions. Returned from mission in B-17G 42-97890 'Lil Satan' after direct hit to nose of A/C. Returned to Duty (RTD). 25-Jun-44. MACR 6738. Awards: DFC, AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

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Units served with

  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 379th Bomb Group (H) (heavy), based at Kimbolton, flew more sorties than any other Bomb Group in the Eighth Air Force and dropped a greater bomb tonnage than any other Group. The B-17 Flying Fortress Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit...

  • 525th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-97890 'Queen of Hearts' "L'il Satan"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 27/3/44; Kearney 22/5/44; Grenier 29/5/44; Assigned 524BS/379BG [WA-U] Kimbolton 12/6/44 LIL SATAN; returning from Toulouse flak hit blew off nose 25/6/44 with Karl Becker; Navigator: Bob Evans, Bombardier: Arthur Maataa (2 Killed in...

Missions

  • 142

    25 June 1944
    From his mission list for the 385th/548th, this is mission #142. The target says "French Supply." He was on Peterson's Crew.

Associated Place

  • Kimbolton

    Military site : airfield
    Planned for RAF use, Kimbolton airfield was built by W and C French Ltd. in 1941. The airfield was increased in size to accommodate a full US heavy Bomb Group, and the first such unit to us it was the 91st Bomb Group, who arrived in September 1942....

  • Stalag Luft IV

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Pekin, IL 26 December 1921

Son of Lazzero and Maria [Dolcetti] Simoncini.

Enlisted Peoria, IL 6 June 1942

Peoria, Illinois

Based Kimbolton 1943 – 25 June 1944

Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF.

Baled out 60000 Beauvais, France 25 June 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) mission in B-17G 42-97680 'Lil Satan' Prisoner of War (POW). 25-Jun-44. MACR 6738.

Prisoner of War (POW) Tychowo, Poland 25 June 1944 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft IV.

Discharged USAAF 22 October 1945

Honourable discharge.

Died 26 December 1985
Buried Lakeside Cemetery, Pekin, IL 29 December 1985

Lakeside Cemetery
Pekin, Tazewell County, Il

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 June 2019 12:13:43 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, events, person associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/29100248
https://www.fold3.com/image/657508567
https://www.fold3.com/record/84387021-joseph-simoncini
https://www.fold3.com/record/628097092-joseph-simoncini-1921
http://www.8thairforce.com/
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/113707160/joseph-simoncini

Date Contributor Update
28 April 2017 08:56:38 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/29100248/?terms=Arthur%20Maatta
https://www.fold3.com/page/83403417_joseph_simoncini/details/
https://www.fold3.com/page/3511905_joseph_simoncini/details/

Date Contributor Update
28 April 2017 08:53:54 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/29100248/?terms=Arthur%20Maatta
https://www.fold3.com/page/83403417_joseph_simoncini/details/
https://www.fold3.com/page/3511905_joseph_simoncini/details/

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:17:01 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces vol 3 pg 661; 379th Bombardment Group Anthology, pg 311

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