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Daniel Ralph Abriola




  • Vincent Fair

    Military | Sergeant (Technician Fourth Grade) | Aerial Gunner | 416th Bomb Group

  • Willard Land

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 416th Bomb Group

Units served with


Associated Place

  • Wethersfield

    Military site : airfield
    Planned in 1942 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, Wethersfield was then supposed to be loaned to the RAF in 1943, but was re-allocated to the Ninth Air Force by the time it was complete. Built during 1943-44, it had three concrete runways, 49 loop...

  • Melun

    Military site : airfield


Event Location Date
Born Lyndhurst, New Jersey 21 March 1921
Lived in Lyndhurst, New Jersey 16 February 1942

445 Forrest Avenue

First 416th BG Combat Mission Pont-l'Eveque, France 18 August 1944
Bailed Out/Captured near Euskirchen, Germany 2 February 1945

Lieutenant D.E. Smith was flying a window plane. On the return trip he heard an explosion in the rear compartment of the plane. He called his gunners, but neither of them answered. He landed the plane safely at A-78. In the gunners compartment, he found Sergeant R. DeStafono dead. His body was badly broken. Only one small hole was visible in the plane, but the bulkhead had been sprung by the force of the unexplainable explosion. The other gunner, Staff Sergeant D.R. Abriola, was seen to bail out after the explosion near Bolbark, in enemy territory, and is listed as MIA.

Died Brick, New Jersey 24 August 2010
Buried Lakewood New Jersey 27 August 2010

Saint Mary of the Lake Cemetery
Lakewood, Ocean County, New Jersey,


Date Contributor Update
23 April 2021 22:20:08 466thHistorian Changes to events

Date Contributor Update
23 April 2021 18:49:04 466thHistorian Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations