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Anthony Louis Destro

Military

Assigned to 702BS, 445BG, 8AF, USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Netherlands in B-24 42-7554 22-Dec-43; crashed into the cemetery in Mirns, Friesland, Netherlands Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 15597

On 22-Dec-43 Anthony's plane was shot down by German fighter planes while on a bombing mission between Bolsward and Workum in the Netherlands. Anthony and 6 of his fellow crew-members were killed in the crash. Their plane crashed down into the cemetery of the town of Mirns.

A funeral plot, caskets and flowers were donated by the town of Mirns and a formal burial was made for the dead crew-members at the near by RK Cemetery in Bakhuizen.

Today there is a plaque at the cemetery honoring Anthony and his crew-mates who lost their lives that day defending the people of Holland from the brutal Nazi occupation of their country.

Awards: PH.

Story written about the crash in Mar-2015 by Mr. Jaap Halma - http://www.heritageleague.org/brian/54.pdf

11-Nov2015: YouTube video of event: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVpI3Tf-GWc
Commemoration ceremony photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/b-24_liberator_42-7554/albums

Service

People

  • John Allen

    Military | First Lieutenant | B-24 Pilot | 445th Bomb Group
    B-24 - #42-7554 - 8th AF, 445th BG, 702nd BS - stationed in NOV 1943 at RAF Tibenham. ...

  • Erwin / Edwin Bevins Jr

    Military | First Lieutenant | B-24 Pilot | 445th Bomb Group
    B-24 - #42-7554 - 8th AF, 445th BG, 702nd BS - stationed in NOV 1943 at RAF Tibenham. ...

  • John Elder

    Military | Technical Sergeant | B-24 ~ Engineer / Top Turret Gunner | 445th Bomb Group
    B-24 - #42-7554 - 8th AF, 445th BG, 702nd BS - stationed in NOV 1943 at RAF Tibenham. ...

  • Joseph Gill

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 445th Bomb Group
    B-24 - #42-7554 - 8th AF, 445th BG, 702nd BS - stationed in NOV 1943 at RAF Tibenham. ...

  • Harry Henry

    Military | Staff Sergeant | B-24 Asst Engineer & Waist Gunner | 445th Bomb Group
    B-24 - #42-7554 - 8th AF, 445th BG, 702nd BS - stationed in NOV 1943 at RAF Tibenham. ...

  • Everett Odom

    Military | Staff Sergeant | B-24 Tail Turret Gunner | 445th Bomb Group
    B-24 - #42-7554 - 8th AF, 445th BG, 702nd BS - stationed in NOV 1943 at RAF Tibenham. ...

  • James Owen

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 303rd Bomb Group
    December 16, 1943, on local formation training mission in B-17#42-39769 when the landing gear collapsed doing extensive damage to the a/c. 9 RTD

  • James Owens

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | B-24 Waist Gunner | 445th Bomb Group
    B-24 - #42-7554 - 8th AF, 445th BG, 702nd BS - stationed in NOV 1943 at RAF Tibenham. ...

  • Joseph Pavelko

    Military | Staff Sergeant | B-24 Ball Turret Gunner | 445th Bomb Group
    B-24 - #42-7554 - 8th AF, 445th BG, 702nd BS - stationed in NOV 1943 at RAF Tibenham. ...

  • Oscar Robbins

    Military | Technical Sergeant | B-24 Radio Operator | 445th Bomb Group
    B-24 - #42-7554 - 8th AF, 445th BG, 702nd BS - stationed in NOV 1943 at RAF Tibenham. ...

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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. ...

  • 2nd Combat Bomb Wing
  • 445th Bomb Group

    445th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 445th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Tibenham, Norfolk. The crews' first mission was bombing U-boat installations at Kiel on 13 December 1943. The Group continued to hit strategic targets in Germany, including the aircraft components factory...

  • 702nd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 161

    22 December 1943
    This mission is composed of two forces directed at two separate targets, the communication centers at Osnabruck and Munster, Germany. The force attacking at Osnabruck is composed of two elements. The first element is composed of 227 B-17s (2 are PFF...

Associated Place

  • Tibenham

    Military site : airfield
    Tibenham was built in 1941-1942 by W and C French Ltd with a standard 2,000 yard main runway, and two other runways both 1,400 feet in length. Accommodation was provided for a full USAAF heavy bomber group in dispersed sites. Personnel of the 320th...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Jamestown, NY 15 January 1921

Son of Luigi and Mary [Agate] Destro.

Enlisted Morrison Field, West Palm Beach, FL 16 January 1942

Morrison Field, West Palm Beach, Florida

Based Tibenham November 1943 – 22 December 1943

Assigned to 702BS, 445BG, 8AF, USAAF.

Died 8573 Mirns, Netherlands 22 December 1943
Buried Memphis National Cemetery Memphis, Shelby County, TN 30 August 1950

Re-Interred
Memphis National Cemetery
Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee

Also buried with Anthony are three of his crew-mate's:
*1st LT. John Harold Allen, Pilot
*T/Sgt. James C. Owens, Asst. Engineer
*T/Sgt Oscar Robbins, Jr., Radio Operator

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
05 July 2021 10:11:03 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, role, biography and events
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https://www.fold3.com/image/310762473
https://www.fold3.com/record/717078315/destro-anthony-l-us-veterans-grav...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/3153625/anthony-louis-destro

http://media.nara.gov/nw/305270/EE-2946.pdf
http://www.heritageleague.org/brian/54.pdf

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04 July 2021 22:50:21 usafdo Changes to media associations
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A.L.D. II

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15 February 2016 18:35:02 usafdo Changes to biography
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A. L. DESTRO II

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A.L. Destro II

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All from the same crew/ACFT. Anthony L. Destro II, nephew of Navigator

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Family history - he was my uncle

http://media.nara.gov/nw/305270/EE-2946.pdf

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22 December 2014 23:54:44 usafdo Changes to biography and events
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Anthony L. Destro II family history

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B-24H-1-FO, #42-7554 "Tail End Charlie"

From Dutch Journalists Jaap Halma's investigative eye witness story & report.
http://www.heritageleague.org/brian/54.pdf

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22 December 2014 09:31:35 usafdo Changes to biography and events
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Anthony L Destro II from family info

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Anthony L. Destro II 's personal family information

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27 September 2014 18:03:50 AAM AAM ingest
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Birsic, 2AD Roll of Honor / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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