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Ernest V Gardetto


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

  • 466th Bomb Group

    466th Bomb Group

    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...

  • 491st Bomb Group

    491st Bomb Group

    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...

  • 787th Bomb Squadron

Associated Place

  • Attlebridge

    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...


Event Location Date
Born California, USA 16 January 1920
Enlisted Los Angeles, CA, USA 1942

5041 Casonova Street

Enlisted San Pedro, Los Angeles, CA, USA 8 January 1942
Died Los Angeles, CA, USA 16 December 2007


Date Contributor Update
20 November 2017 19:03:44 466thHistorian Changes to highest rank and role

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
11 November 2017 14:51:06 Lucy May Changes to biography

Brought in source from duplicate record: Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / 491st unit history

Date Contributor Update
25 July 2016 00:53:08 466thHistorian Changes to biography, events, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:09:17 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Unit roster in the book ATTLEBRIDGE ARSENAL by Wassom & Brassfield, p345