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Emidio L Bellante

Military

Assigned to 370FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited with shared destruction of 8 x Locomotives and damaged 3 others. Completed Tour of Duty (ETD).

Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

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. ...

  • 359th Fighter Group

    359th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 359th Fighter Group flew 346 missions from East Wretham between December 1943 and April 1945. In the main these missions were escorting bombers flying over occupied Europe. The Group, soon after converting from Thunderbolts to Mustangs, were...

  • 370th Fighter Squadron

Aircraft

  • 44-72208 'Delectable'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 370FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. 2nd Lt Emidio L Bellante shared in the destruction of 8 Locomotives, 3 others being damaged 13-Apr-45 in this A/C. Sold post war to Swedish air force as serial Fv26114. Subsequently to Israeli airforce possibly as...

Associated Place

  • East Wretham

    Military site : airfield
    East Wretham was not improved to Class A standard. It retained its shorter runways, although eventually pierced-steel planking was laid to make take offs and landings easier for the Thunderbolt, and then Mustang, pilots. Steel matting was also laid to...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Northampton County, PA, USA 1922
Lived in Easton, PA, USA 1942
Enlisted Philadelphia, PA, USA 29 March 1943
Crashed Harris, Miller, MO 65707, USA 25 September 1943

Taxiing Accident Harris Field, MO Cat 3 damage 2Lt Emidio L Bellante.

PT-23 42-47496 73 AAFFTD.

Based East Wretham 28 March 1945 – July 1945

Assigned to 370FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF.

End Tour of Duty (ETD) England, UK July 1945

Completed Tour of Duty (ETD).

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 April 2017 14:57:48 general ira snapsorter Changes to events
Sources

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia;
- Unit History, friend Jim Reid

Date Contributor Update
26 October 2016 11:32:21 Al_Skiff Changes to firstname, nickname, service number, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/page/83868783_emidio_l%20bellante/details/
359th Fighter Group by Jack H Smith
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbapi.asp?Pilot=Bellante%2C+E&Sub...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:09:06 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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