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Joseph Ferdinand Edward Damiani

Military

Service

People

  • Augustus Feeley

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 466th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed in B-24 'Jamica' #4128746

  • Raymond Hennig

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer | 466th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed into North Sea in B-24 'Jamica' #4128746

  • Robert Kirkelie

    Military | Sergeant (Technician Fourth Grade) | Tail Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed in B-24 'Jamaica' #4128746

  • Theodore Lipnicki

    Military | Sergeant (Technician Fourth Grade) | Radio Operator | 466th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed in B-24 'Jamaica' #4128746

  • Horace McElhinney

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 466th Bomb Group

  • Michael Pelish

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 466th Bomb Group
    Originally a member of the Joseph Damiani Crew, he was not aboard when they were lost on a Truckin' mission on 25 September 1944. As it wasn't a combat mission, the bombardier wasn't needed.

  • Michael Rodnicki

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 466th Bomb Group

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Units served with

  • 466th Bomb Group

    466th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 466th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Attlebridge, Norfolk, during the last year of the war in Europe. The Group flew 232 missions in the course of the year and celebrated the 100th one by inviting local people onto the base to mark the...

  • 785th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

Associated Place

  • Attlebridge

    Military site : airfield
    Attlebridge was constructed for RAF use and completed to that standard in 1942. However, with news that it was to be assigned to the American Air Force, the runways were extended and additional hardstandings and outbuildings constructed for the heavy...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Donora, Pennsylvania, USA 24 October 1921
Lived in Donora, PA 15033, USA 1942

944 McKean Avenue

Enlisted Albany, Georgia 3 March 1943
Killed in Action (KIA) France 25 September 1944

Damiani was shot down returning from a "non-combat" "Truckin'" mission hauling gas to Patton's 3rd Army in France. On this day they had delivered gas to St. Dizier airfield in France. On the return trip they were seen circling at a low altitude over a French town helping the French civilians celebrate their liberation. Unfortunately there were still German AA units in the area. The Germans scored a direct hit on the Damiani a/c, B-24H-10-DT "Jamaica?". With little altitude there was no chance to bail out. The six crewmen on board were KIA. Because it was a supposedly non-combat mission, three gunners and the bombardier were not on the mission. Ironically no crews got combat mission credit for these gas haul missions.

Buried Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery 19 April 1951

Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery
Lemay
St. Louis County
Missouri, USA
Plot: Section 84 Site 33-35

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 January 2019 23:48:20 466thHistorian Changes to middlename and events
Sources

https://www.ancestry.com/interactive/3147/41226_2321306652_0570-02236?pi...
https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=2238&h=5609605&...

Date Contributor Update
20 February 2018 02:51:44 466thHistorian Changes to service number, biography and events
Sources

https://www.ancestry.com/interactive/2590/40479_649063_0433-01482?pid=21...

Date Contributor Update
05 September 2016 21:57:55 466thHistorian Changes to events
Sources

466th BG Archives - 466th BG Roll of Honor

Date Contributor Update
12 August 2015 17:58:30 466thHistorian Changes to media associations
Sources

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
15 June 2015 01:20:06 466thHistorian Changes to middlename and events
Sources

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
03 December 2014 00:34:38 466thHistorian Changes to place associations
Sources

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
03 December 2014 00:33:34 466thHistorian Changes to middlename
Sources

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
03 December 2014 00:33:07 466thHistorian Changes to events
Sources

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:17:16 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 9575 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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