William J. Gallagher Crew
466th BG - 787th BS
Back Row Left to Right: Thomas B. Lynott (B), William J. Gallagher (P), Fleckenstein (G), Gus Kavalos (FE)
Front Row Left to Right: Mike Dantuono (G), Raymond E. Hutchinson (N), Ernest Gardetto, Joseph Letendre (WG), Roland Nelson (G)
This crew completed a 30 mission tour. They were the first crew of the 787th BS to complete a full tour.
1LT Ernest V. Gardetto
466th BG & 491st BG
He was an actor of stage and screen both before and after the war. His television career included appearance on The Phil Silvers Show, Jackie Gleason, Theatre Guild, Studio One, Hallmark Hall of Fame, Philco Playhouse, Omnibus, and Kraft Playhouse.
Ernest Gardetto appeared in his first professional show at the age of seventeen: 'Dead We Live', at the Hollywood Assistance League Theatre. He followed that with 'Meet the People' at the El Capitan, and went with that show to New York. There he played on Broadway in Brooklyn U.S.A., before going into the Army Air Corps. As a pilot, he flew B-17s and B-24s over France and Germany, completing 30 bombing missions, one with Colonel James Stewart.
Upon discharge, Ernie attended the Pasadena Playhouse for three years, before returning to New York and Equity roles in 'The Corn is Green', 'Pal Joey', and the lead in 'The Respectful Prostitute'. (Of the former, Brooks Atkinson of the New York Times wrote: "...Ernest Gardetto again performing nobly as the gloomy and intense character that is always in the process of development.")
Turning to television, Ernie appeared in over 200 shows, among them 'The Phil Silvers Show', 'Jackie Gleason', 'Theatre Guild', 'Studio One', 'Hallmark Hall of Fame', 'Philco Playhouse', 'Omnibus', and 'Kraft Playhouse'.
After working in Army Signal Corps training films in Astoria, Queens, he returned to Los Angeles, appearing in TV commercials and as a teacher of English as a Second Language - finally returning to his first love, the warm feeling of live theatre, as a Colony Associate.
Units served with
The 466th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Attlebridge, Norfolk, during the last year of the war in Europe. The Group flew 232 missions in the course of the year and celebrated the 100th one by inviting local people onto the base to mark the...
The 491st Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators in bombing missions over northern France and Germany from June 1944 until April 1945. Missions over Germany included bombing the headquarters of the German General Staff at Zossen. The Group was awarded a DUC...
Military site : airfield
Attlebridge was constructed for RAF use and completed to that standard in 1942. However, with news that it was to be assigned to the American Air Force, the runways were extended and additional hardstandings and outbuildings constructed for the heavy...
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