1Lt Michael J Bellonio, Co-pilot on B17G 42-102429, 483rd Bomber Group... Michael was "Killed In Action" over the Ploesti Oil Complex, Romania during the war when his B17 was shot down by enemy flak.
1Lt Michael J Bellonio
Photo scoure: John Jack Richter
Michael served as a First Lieutenant & Co-Pilot on B-17G #42-102429, 840th Bomber Squadron, 483rd Bomber Group, Heavy, U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II.
He resided in Erie County, New York prior to the war.
He enlisted in the Army on October 27, 1942 in Buffalo, New York. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed in the building of aircraft and also as Single, without dependents.
Michael was "Killed In Action" over the Ploesti Oil Complex, Romania during the war when his B-17 was shot down by enemy flak. He was awarded the Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters and the Purple Heart.
Units served with
'As part of the 15th Air Force in WWII, the 483rd Bombardment Group (H) played a significant role in the eventual defeat of Germany's forces. Its four combat squadrons, the 815th, 816th, 817th and 840th flew a total of 5,623 sorties from 12 April 1944...
B-17 Flying Fortress
Delivered Cheyenne 2/3/44; Hunter 18/3/44; Morrison 2/4/44; Assigned 840BS/483BG Sterparone 17/4/44; Missing in Action Ploesti 15/7/44 with Vic Vlahovich, Bellonio, Gusciora, Ryan, Navarro, Stewart, Fletcher, Watkins, Barton, Van Deren (10 Killed in...