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San Giovanni

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Detailed history

San Giovanni airfield was a semi-permanent heavy bomber airfield located approximately 9km (5mi) west-southwest of Cerignola in Apulia, Italy.
Its double PSP runway with extensive taxiway and hardstand parking areas and steel control tower were built by the US Army Corps Of Enigineers in late 1943, as part of the Foggia Airfield Complex, a series of World War II military airfields located within a 25 mile (40 km) radius of Foggia. The air field opened in January 1944.
The only known units to operate from the very large and expansive field are the 454th and 455th Bombardment Group, flying a total of six squadrons of B-24 Liberators, from January 1944 until September 1945. The airfield remained operational until the end of the war and the airfield closed in October 1945.

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Service

Units

  • 454th Bomb Group

    454th Bomb Group

    Group
    The group was constituted as 454th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 14 May 1943 and activated on 1 June at Davis-Monthan Field, near Tucson, Arizona. Training began immediately on Consolidated B-24 Liberators[2] and the ground cadre was sent on 3 July to...

  • 455th Bomb Group

    455th Bomb Group

    Group
    The group was activated July 1943 with four essentially stand-alone bomb squadrons: 740th, 741st, 742nd, and 743rd. After a somewhat nomadic training regimen with dilapidated equipment, the pieces of the group came together at Langley, VA in October...

People

  • Clayton Bereman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 454th Bomb Group

  • William Blanchard

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 455th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 742BS, 455th BG, 15AF USAAF. Meriwether Jones crew. 20+ combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Bucharest, Romania in B-24 41-28640 'Raunchy'; Crashed Draconesti, Romania 21-Apr-44 Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 4387 ...

  • Richard Bodwell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 455th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 742BS, 455th BG, 15AF USAAF. Meriwether Jones crew. 20+ combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Bucharest, Romania in B-24 41-28640 'Raunchy'; Crashed Draconesti, Romania 21-Apr-44 Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 4387 ...

  • Victor Boffa

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 455th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 742BS, 455th BG, 15AF USAAF. 20+ combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Bucharest, Romania in B-24 41-28640 'Raunchy'; Crashed Draconesti, Romania 21-Apr-44 Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 4387 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • John Burkot

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 455th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. Completed tour. 2nd tour with 741BS, 455BG, 15AF USAAF. Awards: DFC, AM (5OLC), PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Charles Faxon

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 454th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 736BS, 454BG, 15AF USAAF. Charles Faxon crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Valentine, Austria in B-24 42-78668 'Girl Crazy' 23-Mar-45; shot down. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 13251 Awards: DFC, AM (2OLC), PH.

  • Kenneth Griffith

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 455th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 742BS, 455th BG, 15AF USAAF. Meriwether Jones crew. 20+ combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Bucharest, Romania in B-24 41-28640 'Raunchy'; Crashed Draconesti, Romania 21-Apr-44 Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 4387 ...

  • George Hoover

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-pilot | 454th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 736BS, 454BG, 15AF USAAF. Charles Faxon crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Valentine, Austria in B-24 42-78668 'Girl Crazy' 23-Mar-45; shot down, baled out. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 13251 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Roger Jackson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 455th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 742BS, 455th BG, 15AF USAAF. Meriwether Jones crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Bucharest, Romania in B-24 41-28640; Crashed Draconesti, Romania 21-Apr-44 Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 4387 Awards: DFC, AM (2OLC), PH.

  • Meriwether Jones

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 455th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 742BS, 455th BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Bucharest, Romania in B-24 41-28640; Crashed Draconesti, Romania 21-Apr-44 Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 4387 Awards: SS, AM (2OLC), PH.

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Date Contributor Update
16 January 2016 02:21:46 466thHistorian Created entry with name, latitude, longitude, usaaf from date, usaaf to date, history and aircraft associations
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