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Leonard Joseph Nitti

Military

Assigned to 326BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. 30 x missions. Hit trees on Sidown Hill in B-17 44-8436 and crashed. Sole survivor from crash. 5-May-45. Returned to Duty (RTD)

Awards: AM, PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Archie Brazer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 326BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Reg Hammond crew. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Reginald Hammond

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 326BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. 35 x missions. Hit trees on Sidown Hill in B-17 44-8436 and crashed. 5-May-45. Killed in Action (KIA) Awards: DFC, AM(OLC), PH.

  • William Roach

    Military | Flight Officer | Bombardier/ Navigator | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 326BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Reg Hammond crew. Wounded in action on 28-Mar-45 in B-17 43-38574 'Russian Lullaby', but continued with his crew to the target and completed the bomb run despite his head wound. ETD ...

  • Robert Sprout

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 326BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. 33 x missions. Hit trees on Sidown Hill in B-17 44-8436 and crashed. 5-May-45. Killed in Action (KIA) Awards: AM (3OLC), PH.

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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. ...

  • 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    Group
    The 92nd Group sometime after arrivial in the UK converted to the role of in-theater combat crew indocrination and training. For this role, the Group traded its B-17F complement and obtained the B-17E, mostly from the 97th BG which was departing for...

  • 326th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 43-38574 RUSSIAN LULLABY

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 18/8/44; Hunter 27/8/44; Grenier 8/9/44; Assigned 407BS/92BG [PY-P] Podington 24/9/44; transferred 326/92BG; [JW-P] damaged in taxi accident with Robert O Divver 7/6/45; Salvaged 9AF Germany 31/5/46. RUSSIAN LULLABY.

  • 44-8436 Fort Worth Jail House

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    On May 5th 1945, just three days before the end of World War II, seven young men climbed into a B-17 from 326th Squadron and took off from RAF Podington. 1st Lt Reginald Hammond, 1st Lt Robert Sprout, 2nd Lt William J Dutton, T/Sgt Jacob Buikema, S/Sgt...

Associated Place

  • Podington

    Military site : airfield
    Built originally to accommodate two RAF bomber squadrons, the first USAAF unit to occupy the base was the 15th Bomb Squadron in September 1942. Podington was then used as a satellite for nearby Chelveston. Work to lengthen the runways, although this...

  • Siddown Hill

    Crash site

Events

Event Location Date
Born Chicago, IL 2 January 1924

Son of the late Michael J and Catherine [Picerno] Nitti.

Enlisted Chicago, IL 20 November 1942
Based Podington 1944 – May 1945

Assigned to 326BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF.

Survived fatal crash Sidown Hill, Hampshire 5 May 1945

Hit trees on Sidown Hill in B-17 44-8436 and crashed. Sole survivor from crash. 5-May-45. Returned to Duty (RTD)

Died Hillside, IL 21 January 2018
Buried Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery, Hillside, IL February 2018

Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery
Hillside,
Cook County, IL

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
06 February 2020 18:21:39 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and events
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https://www.fold3.com/image/657385037
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/187547446/leonard-j_-nitti

Date Contributor Update
06 February 2020 13:37:19 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, biography, awards and events
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https://www.fold3.com/image/657385037
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/187547446/leonard-j_-nitti

Date Contributor Update
09 November 2018 13:29:12 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nickname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
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https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/187547446/leonard-j.-nitti

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