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August Altese


Assigned to 352BS, 301BG, 15AF USAAF. 25 x Combat missions.

Awards: DFC, AM (4OLC), WWII Victory, American Campaign, EAME (4 x Battle Star).


Units served with

  • 301st Bomb Group

    301st Bomb Group

    Activated 3-February-1942 at Geiger Field, Washington and equipped with B-17s. On 27-May-1942 the ground unit moved to Alamogordo Army Air Field, New Mexico, and the aircraft went to Muroc Army Air Field (now Edwards Air Force Base), California for...

  • 447th Bomb Group

    447th Bomb Group

    The 447th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses on strategic bombardment missions out of Rattlesden, Suffolk. With their first mission coming on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1943, their main focus was hitting sites that would weaken enemy forces...

  • 352nd Bomb Squadron
  • 708th Bomb Squadron


  • 43-37756 Milk Wagon

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 18/5/44; Kearney 27/5/44; Dow Fd 8/6/44; Assigned 708BS/447BG Rattlesden 9/6/44; completed 129 missions with no abort; Returned to the USA Bradley 9/7/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 13/7/45; Reconstruction Finance...

Associated Place

  • Rattlesden

    Military site : airfield
    Built for the Eighth Air Force in 1942, Rattlesden had three concrete runways, 50 hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. Intended to be a twin-engine B-26 bomber base, it was originally a satellite for nearby Rougham, and first occupied from...

  • Lucera

    Military site : airfield


Event Location Date
Born Detroit, MI 1 February 1922

Son of Paul and Mary [Gervasi] Altese.

Enlisted Ann Arbor, MI 13 May 1942

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Based Lucera 1943 – 1944

Assigned to 352BS, 301BG, 15AF USAAF.

Died Marshall, MI 26 July 2016
Buried Fernwood Cemetery Gladstone, Delta County, MI August 2016

Fernwood Cemetery
Delta County, Michigan


Date Contributor Update
10 March 2022 09:26:54 Al_Skiff Changes to highest rank, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations

Date Contributor Update
09 March 2022 23:36:47 Douglas P Changes to service number and awards


Date Contributor Update
28 December 2018 14:40:54 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, firstname, nickname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations and place associations