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Vito Santo Pedone

Military

Initially assigned to 8AF as A-20 bomber pilot, completed 25 x missions on type. Transferred to IX Troop Carrier Command, 9AF USAAF as Operations officer. Co-piloted lead aircraft [C-47 42-93098] of lead serial to drop pathfinder paratroops at zone A, St-Germain-de-Varrevill, France on D-day 6-Jun-44.

WWII brought Vito Pedone and Jerry Curtis to England in 1943 to successfully prepare and execute a critical mission: "D-Day". The many months to build-up American forces and prepare for D-day provided the opportunity for them to meet and fall in love. They were stationed at different air bases, so Vito would pilot various aircraft to visit Jerry at her base! They were married in England in 1943. They both would successfully execute their assigned D-Day missions:
- Vito's : the Airborne Invasion of Normandy
- Jerry's: the Medical Air Evacuation of the wounded from Normandy back to England.

Their full story can be found in "The D-Day Pilot and Flight Nurse" by Stephen Pedone.

Awards: DFC, LOM, AM (5OLC), WWII Victory, EAME, Defense, National Defense, Korean and UN medal.

Post War: Remained in USAF, from 46-50 in South Pacific testing a-bombs. Later flying 135 combat missions in B-26 and C-47's supporting US army special forces units in Vietnam conflict. Re-assigned as a F-105 Starfighter pilot 41st air division, 5th AF in Japan. Rose to rank of Colonel by his retirement in 1973.

Service

People

  • Joel Crouch

    Military | Colonel | Pilot
    Pre-war a pilot for United Airlines, flying passengers between Los Angeles and Seattle. Assigned to IX Troop Carrier Command, 9AF USAAF. Flew lead aircraft in the invasion of Sicily Jul-43 and at Salerno, Italy, in Sep-43. As Lt Col piloted lead...

  • Geraldine Pedone nee Curtis

    Military | First Lieutenant | Flight Nurse
    Jerry graduated from nursing school in Oklahoma, and trained as a surgical nurse. She soon volunteered for training to become one of the first U.S Army Air Force Flight Nurses. She would train and fly in un-marked combat C-47 transport aircraft, which...

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Units served with

Aircraft

  • 42-93098

    C-47 Skytrain
    Assigned to 94TCS, 439TCG, 9AF USAAF. Serial #1 Chalk #1 D-Day - Lead A/C carrying initial stick of pathfinders of 377th PFA, 502nd PIR to drop zone A, St-Germain-de-Varreville [Crew: Pilot Lt Col Joel L Crouch, Co-pilot Capt Vito S Pedone, Nav's Capt...

Associated Place

  • North Witham

    Military site : airfield
    Planned as an RAF bomber station, North Witham was built during 1942-43 and allocated to USAAF Troop Carrier Command (TCC) in August 1943, before construction was complete. ...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Westchester County, New York, USA 30 June 1921

Son of Morris and Josephine Pedone.

Lived in Frederick Ave, Neptune City, NJ 07753, USA 1941
Enlisted Fort Bragg, NC 18 November 1941

Fort Bragg, North Carolina

Graduated flight school April 1942

Graduated flight school, commissioned 2Lt Apr-42.

Based North Witham 1943 – 1945

Assigned to IX Troop Carrier Command, 9AF USAAF.

Chalk #1, Serial #1 D-day 50480 Saint-Germain-de-Varreville, France 6 June 1944

Co-piloted lead aircraft [C-47 42-93098] of lead serial to drop pathfinder paratroops at zone A, St-Germain-de-Varrevill, France on D-day 6-Jun-44.

Died New York City, New York, USA 24 March 2007
Buried April 2007

Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington
Arlington County
Virginia, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
01 December 2021 10:30:27 Al_Skiff Changes to awards and events
Sources

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/49350183/vito-santo-pedone

Date Contributor Update
08 March 2019 11:14:30 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography
Sources

Information from Stephen Pedone (Son), Lt. Col., USAF, Ret, Naples, Florida and his article "The D-Day Pilot and Flight Nurse"

Date Contributor Update
22 June 2017 13:25:23 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and media associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/page/621056232_vito_pedone%20%20(1921)/details/
https://www.fold3.com/page/83979290_vito_s%20pedone/details/
https://www.fold3.com/page/9387280_vito_pedone/details/
https://www.fold3.com/image/139530030/?terms=Vito%20S%20Pedone
World War II Army Airborne Troop Carriers By David Polk
https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=49350183

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