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World War II 1
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Birth:
02 Sep 1924 2
Death:
25 Feb 1996 2
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Also known as:
Creeth, also GREETH- Wrong 1
Full Name:
George A Creeth 2
Birth:
02 Sep 1924 2
Death:
25 Feb 1996 2
Residence:
Last Residence: Mathis, TX 2
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Social Security Number: ***-**-7094 2

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George A Creeth (Greeth)

Italy

319th Bomb Group, 439th BS, S/Sgt George A CREETH (NARA/Enlistment and POW Records say GREETH)  Please see his other page (Link under the MAP to the Left)

http://www.fold3.com/page/461703280_george_a_greeth_jr/

Last Name First Name Date Page Type of Notice
Creeth George A., Jr. 2/27/1996 C-T, 8D
 

September 23, 1944  A/C: 42-107555
Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) 8936
319thBG 439thBS; Target Vigevano RR Bridge, ITALY
Shot Down by flak, 3 crewmember survived, 2 were captured by
the Enemy, and held as POWS.  Greeth escaped and was
aided by Italian Partisans, and eventually returned
to U.S. Military Control.

P: 2 Lt. Earl O. Petersen--KIA
CP: 2Lt. Harold F. Sitterle--MIA--POW--RTD
B: 2Lt. Howard F. Braden--KIA
EG: Sgt Lawrence F. Burt--EVADED Capture--RTD
ArmGun: S/Sgt. George A. Greeth, Jr.--POW--Escaped--RTD

We strongly suspect that there is an ERROR in
the NARA records that have him listed as Greeth.
Since SEARCHING for him as Creeth, I have located
more info. The records below, matches his enlistment record,
and year of birth.  The SSDI record says his SSN was issued
from California, which was his place of residence at the time of
his enlistment.

The sole purpose of Our research, is to Honor the Men who
served in the 57th Bomb Wing during WW II.

**** GEORGE  ************************************

U.S., Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File, 1850-2010
Name: George Creeth
Gender: Male
Birth Date: 2 Sep 1924
Death Date: 25 Feb 1996
SSN: 560227094
Branch 1: ARMY
Enlistment Date 1: 17 Feb 1943
Release Date 1: 29 Oct 1945
Branch 2: AF
Enlistment Date 2: 9 Apr 1947
Release Date 2: 4 May 1954
--
George A. Creeth: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) Death Record
Name:George A. Creeth
State of Issue:California
Date of Birth:Tuesday  September  02, 1924
Date of Death:Sunday  February  25, 1996
Est. Age at Death:  71 years, 5 months, 23 days
Last known residence:
City: Mathis; Argenta; Hubert; Lake City; San Patricio; Swinney Switch
County: San Patricio
State: Texas
ZIP Code: 78368
--
World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938 - 1946.
ARMY SERIAL NUMBER 19182283  19182283
NAME GREETH#GEORGE#A#JR######  GREETH#GEORGE#A#JR######
RESIDENCE: STATE 91  CALIFORNIA
RESIDENCE: COUNTY 037  LOS ANGELES
PLACE OF ENLISTMENT 7010  BUCKLEY FIELD DENVER COLORADO
DATE OF ENLISTMENT DAY 16  16
DATE OF ENLISTMENT MONTH 02  02
DATE OF ENLISTMENT YEAR 43  43
GRADE: ALPHA DESIGNATION PVT#  Private
GRADE: CODE 8  Private
BRANCH: ALPHA DESIGNATION AC#  Air Corps
BRANCH: CODE 20  Air Corps
FIELD USE AS DESIRED #  #
TERM OF ENLISTMENT 5  Enlistment for the duration of the War or other
emergency,
plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise
according to law
LONGEVITY ###  ###
SOURCE OF ARMY PERSONNEL 5  Enlisted Reserve or Medical Administrative
Corps (MAC) Officer
NATIVITY 90  Undefined Code
YEAR OF BIRTH 24  24
RACE AND CITIZENSHIP 1  White, citizen
EDUCATION 4  4 years of high school
CIVILIAN OCCUPATION 992  Undefined Code
MARITAL STATUS 6  Single, without dependents
COMPONENT OF THE ARMY 3 Reserves - exclusive of Regular Army Reserve and
Officers of the Officers Reserve Corps on active duty under the Thomason Act
(Officers and Enlisted Men -- O.R.C. and E.R.C., and Nurses-Reserve Status)
CARD NUMBER #  #
BOX NUMBER 0318  0318
FILM REEL NUMBER 3.40#  3.40#
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World War II Prisoners of War Data File, 12/7/1941 - 11/19/1946
SERIAL NUMBER 19182283  19182283
NAME  GREETH GEORGE A JR  GREETH GEORGE A JR
GRADE, ALPHA S SG  Staff Sergeant
GRADE CODE 4  Major or Asst. superintendent of nurses or Director of nurses
or Director of dietitians or Director of physical therapy aides or Staff
Sergeant or Technician 3d Grade or Lt. Commander or Petty Officer, 2nd Class
SERVICE CODE 1  ARMY
ARM OR SERVICE AC  Air Corps
ARM OR SERVICE CODE 20  AC: AIR CORPS
DATE REPORT: DAY (DD) 20  20
DATE REPORT: MONTH (MM) 09  09
DATE REPORT: YEAR (Y) 4  1944
RACIAL GROUP CODE 1  WHITE
STATE OF RESIDENCE 91  California
TYPE OF ORGANIZATION
PARENT UNIT NUMBER
PARENT UNIT TYPE
AREA 98  North African Theatre: Italy
LATEST REPORT DATE: DAY (DD) 03  03
LATEST REPORT DATE: MONTH (MM) 11  11
LATEST REPORT DATE: YEAR (Y) 4  1944
SOURCE OF REPORT 1  Individual has been reported through sources considered
official.
STATUS 8  Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated
DETAINING POWER 1  GERMANY
CAMP
REP
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George Creeth, 319thBG,

Italy

HOUSE in Italian town where 319th BG Creeth and Burt were hidden. Sept. 1944

319thBG, 439thBS, George Creeth; (From Italian Historian Alberto Magnani)

26 Dec. 2012;  dear princess, I'm an italian historian working about U.S. planes crashed in Italy - can you give me informations about George Craith, tail gunner in B-26 crashed on september, 23 1944? Alberto Magnani

28 Dec. 2012; Dear Alberto. . . right now, EVERYONE is working on this ;~D I am happy to say, I have all of the CREW placed, but Ago is working with Fabio, Fabio is working with another two and I hope this helps you ;)   We do NOT yet know the correct spelling so I have made TWO albums, they are attached to the 'other men under the MAP' on the Creeth page. I hope this will assist you! Blessings, Barbi

28 Dec, 2012; 

Dear Princess, I thank you for your help. I know Agostino and his friends: it's strange, but we are interested in the same plane, in the same time. I am a researcher of the National Institutes of Contemporary History and I am working about the relations between italian people and allied airmen in 2WW. I live in Milan, near the place where the B-26 crashed, so I spoke with a few witnesses. If you like, I can send you some informations. I read in the POW file in fold3 that C(G)reeth was a POW but he was liberated in november 1944. Do you know how it was possible? Thank you very much - and happy new year! Alberto   29 Dec. 2012;   Well, I guess I cannot prove anything Alberto... there is NO mention in the 319th Unit History. . . I have the digital History and the written UNIT History and none of the men are mentioned, nor is the plane identified. In Sept. he was stationed on Sardinia but the "return" in November (if to the Americans OR if to the new base on Corsica having changed to B-25's) there is NO mention anyplace. His POW record does NOT give a Camp, I believe it would be safe to assume that the "march" to the POW Camps did yield many shot and a 'few" actually got away.
Did Creeth/Greeth find himself lucky enough to slip into a hole until everyone else had gone by? I do not know, I am trying to find some family. . . I called every family member of the Sitterle family and never got an answer.... With NO camp mentioned in his POW file, it seems safe to say that he may have slipped out and evaded until he got back????
Yes, anything you can provide me will be placed into his page (and 57th BW Album) and hopefully someday into the 319th History ... Thank YOU.
I will keep looking. Blessings, Barbi 29 Dec. 2012;   Dear Barbi, thank you very much. Ferdinando D'Amico, who is an historian of the air force in 1943-1945 tells me that Red Cross was able to make miracles with POWs. Perhaps Creeth was liberated with the help of the International Red Cross, but we have no documental confirmation. About Sitterle: he was for a time in the Military Hospital of Milan, where I stayed when I was a soldier (in 1986, not during the war!). I was a corporal of Medical Corps. The building is the same, nothing has changed. In a short time I will send you the story of these airmen. I have to write an account in English and I don't speak English very well. I speak and write Spanish. Greetings. Alberto. 

B-26 107555, B/N 71, MACR 8936

The plane crashed in a rice field. Contrymen had seen the plane falling and chutes open, so many people approached on foot or by bike. Earl Petersen, the pilot, was hanging from a tree, dead: his chute had collapsed.

Second pilot, Harold Sitterle, was wounded, so he was transported in a farm, where a woman tried to dress him, until fascist Black Shirts arrived and captured him. He was hospitalizated in Milan, then trasferred to Germany.

Bomber Howard Braden wasn’t able to bail out, so his corpse was found in the plane.

Radio-gunner Sgt. Laurence Burt slipped into a hole in a bush, but Egiodio Paghini, a 17/18- year-old boy, saw him and decided to help him. He entered into the bush and, gesticulating, told Burt to stay there. During the night he hid him in a hut, later in a deserted house in the village of Gaggiano. Paghini worked as a mechanic in Milan, where he knew persons related to the anti-fascist Resistenza. They told him to bring the airman to Milan, so he went to an appointment with Burt by bike. Early in the morning, a lot of people went to Milan to work by bike, so nobody noticed the airman. The men of Resistenza transferred Burt to Switzerland in a short time. He was on safe on october, 20, 1944. After the war, Burt wrote a letter to Paghini to thank him. Paghini also received a certificate by US Government and a reward.

5 Jan. 2013; 

Dear Princess, I send you an article of the newspaper of Pavia: the journalist who wrote it is my cousin, we graduated in history in the same University. I helped my cousin to prepare this article, where he speaks about the B-25 crashed near Montebello on october, 3 , 1944 (MACR 9037). German soldiers captured all the crew, except co-pilot John Martin. He was hidden in a farm, where was living a family from Milan. Engineer Franco Moscatelli, who was speaking English, told Martin to be not afraid and helped him to join to the anti-fascist partisans of the Btg. "Casotti", led by Count Luchino Dal Verme. Dal Verme, descendant from an ancient aristocratic family, was able to help Martin to go to Switzerland. Greetings, Alberto Magnani

 

20 Jan. 2013; 

Dear Barbi, a few days ago, I spoke with a countryman who was 15 years old when B-26 crashed. He saw it falling down. He tells that two airmen were captured and transported to the Military hospital: one of them escaped with the help of Italian resistance. It is possible he was Creeth. Greetings. Alberto.   4 Feb. 2013  *****  Dear Princess, you were right:        Creeth was lucky enough to slip into a hole and then - i am happy to say it - italian people helped him to reach Switzerland. I found all the story and I'll send an English version when i'll have finished my investigation work. I read a message from Angela Dole, whose grandfather was Earl Petersen: last week I knew a man who was near Petersen when he died. I would like to tell Angela Dole something about the death of his grandfather: can you tell me how could sent a message to her? Thank you very much. Alberto Magnani from Italy   4 Feb. 2013;  Some days NOTHING surprises me. . . you don't need to read the whole thing, really just glance at the last 3 entries, I will send to AGO and then when the English version comes, I will place it and share with you.... sometimes (as we so well know) the smallest word slips out and SHAZAM. . .we have an answer ;) All I really did was confirm who he was and share what we all had placed ;) BINGO. xo -BARBI
29 March, 2013;  Dear Princess, I send you a map with the house where Lawrence Burt and George Creeth were hidden after their B-26 crashed. It is marked with the number 4 in a circle. Near this house, there were the barracks of the fascist police! Good bye. Alberto Magnani. SEE DRAWING PLEASE   20 April, 2013;   Dear Princess, this was the house where Burt and Creeth were hidden by italian people after their plane crashed.  SEE PHOTO ABOVE     Barbi Ennis Connolly PRINCESSBARBI_B25@msn.com  319th Bomb Group Historian in the 57th Bomb Wing.

George Creeth, Shot-down evaded/ 319th Bomb Group B-26

Italy

From AirCrashPO Team;  Professor Ago Alberti;  2012

> Dear Friends,
> Here is the witness from Mr. Igino Paghini, who lives in a small village
> S of Milan.
> He and his brother Rino Paghini (deceased a few years ago), were the
> civilians who rescued Lt Burt and Sgt Greeth after their bailing out
> from the crashing B-26 on Set. 23, 1944.
> The two American airmen where hid at Tainate and at Gaggiano (two very
> small tonws S of Milan).
> Mr. Igino Paghini and his friend Dorio (he is still alive too and lives
> at Noviglio), then conducted Lt. Burt and Sgt. Greeth to Switzerland
> waking across 40 Kms of
> German and fascist held territory.
> It seems a quite interesting witness...
> Will visit Mr Paghini and his friedn Dorio as soon as possible, in order
> to get more info, data and so on.
>
> Sincerely,
> Ago
>
>
> Ieri sera sono riuscito a parlare telefonicamente con il Sig. Iginio Paghini.
> Lui e il fratello Rino (ormai deceduto) nascosero il sergenti Creeth e Burt.
> Iginio, nonostante l'età e le condizioni di salute, si è dimostrato disponibile fornendomi parecchi riscontri e
> ulteriori "piste" da seguire.
> Riassumendo la chiacchierata :
> I sue fratelli nascosero prima a Tainate e poi a Gaggiano (probabilmente in Via Roma 3) i due sergenti.
> Questi furono condotti da Igino e un amico, tal Dorio (è ancora in vita ed abita a Noviglio, lo troverò) in Svizzera.
> Ho chiesto ripetutamente al testimone quali formazioni partigiane avessero contribuito ad aiutarlo nel viaggio in Svizzera,
> ma non mi ha parlato di nessuna formazione partigiana.
> Iginio mi ha detto testualmente: "Non ero un partigiano".
> Trovo difficile e soprattutto pericoloso pensare ad una scampagnata di 40 chilometri senza appoggi e nascondiglio.
> Al momento , fino ad ulteriori sviluppi (trovare Dorio), rimango sulla traccia che porta i sergenti fuggiti in Svizzera
> grazie all'aiuto di due persone di Gaggiano/Tainate.
> Alla domanda leggermente sfacciata se gli furono consegnati dei soldi dagli avieri la risposta è stata affermativa,
> anche se sottolineando "Non molti".
>
> Inoltre, i resti dei tenenti Petersern e Braden furono seppelliti nel cimitero di Noviglio ( e non di Mairano di Noviglio).
> Subito dopo la guerra una commissione americana, dopo una ricerca in cui fu contattato anche Igidio, inumò le salme.
> Quella di Petersen è sita nel cimitero militare di Firenze mentre quello di Braden fu probabilmente riportato in patria.
>
> Andiamo avanti.
>
> Saluti
> Fabio
>
>
>
> -----Messaggio originale-----
> Inviato: martedì 11 dicembre 2012 23:32
> A: Pomi Fabio; Agostino Alberti; Diego Vezzoli; Stefano Daniele Merli
> Oggetto: Re: ricostruzione aereo caduto a pieve albignola
>
> Fra le notizie del bollettino del QG delle FFAA del 17 luglio 1943 compare:
>
> <<.... Anche su località delle provincie di Alessandria, Savona, Bologna, Parma e Reggio Emilia sono stati lanciati bombe e spezzoni che hanno causato lievi perdite alla popolazione. Due quadrimotori colpiti dai mezzi di difesa sono precipitati, uno presso Traversetolo (Parma) e l'altro presso Mirandola (Modena). Alcuni uomini degli equipaggi sono stati catturati....>>
>
> Ipotizzando che il troncone di coda della fotografia appartenga al Lanc abbattuto da Ammanato sul letto del Ticino, a Traversetolo e Mirandola cosa sarà mai caduto?
> Anche perché pare che, durante le azioni contro le centrali elettriche di metà luglio, il BC abbia perso sul suolo italiano solo un Lancaster.
>
> Andrea
>
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Pomi Fabio"
> To: "Andrea Thum""Agostino Alberti" <>; "Diego Vezzoli" <"Stefano Daniele Merli"
> Sent: Tuesday, December 11, 2012 9:40 AM
> Subject: R: ricostruzione aereo caduto a pieve albignola
>
>
> > Ciao a tutti,
> >
> > il Lancaster in questione potrebbe essere questo:
> >
> > " LA CACCIA NOTTURNA 1a parte
> >
> > Il 60° Gruppo del 41° Stormo, comandato dal maggiore Mario Curvo,
> > passò il 21 ottobre 1942 dall’aeroporto di Treviso, dove era presente
> > il primi Nucleo Addestramento Intercettori, a Lonate Pozzolo, con la
> > 235ª Squadriglia, al comando del capitano Aramis Ammannato. I Me.110
> > furono utilizzati esclusivamente per l’addestramento presso la 235ª.
> > Alla data del 15 maggio1943, presso lo Stormo, i bimotori Do.217 GJ-1
> > (senza radiolocalizzatore), erano sette, mentre quelli della versione
> > J-2 (con radar Lichtenstein a bordo) erano otto………….La tenue luce di
> > una lampada a fondo pista guidava la corsa del velivolo. Il Do.217,
> > nominativo radio Saetta 1, pilotato dal capitano Ammannato e con
> > l’equipaggio formato dal sergente marconista Gino Russo e dal 1°
> > aviere motorista Giovanni Tempo diresse il velivolo verso la zona di
> > Cislago, a sud di Tradate, in attesa degli incursori.
> > Dopo il decollo, il bimotore della 235ª Squadriglia, guidato da
> > terra, avvistò un quadrimotore Stirling alla quota di 500 metri.
> > Ammannato si posizionò in coda al bombardiere, ma non appena accennò
> > ad aprire il fuoco con le sole mitragliatrici per una raffica di
> > centraggio, il velivolo inglese con una repentina picchiata, sparì nel
> > buio, nonostante il velivolo italiano tentasse di seguirlo. Volando ad
> > una quota più bassa, dopo circa due minuti il pilota scorse un altro
> > bombardiere , in volo sopra di lui, che si stagliava nel cielo scuro
> > al chiarore della luna piena, anch’esso in volo a 500 metri di quota.
> > Era un quadrimotore Lancaster. La prima raffica di centraggio fece
> > perdere al capitano Ammannato il vantaggio della sorpresa, come
> > nell’attacco precedente. L’equipaggio dei quadrimotore inglese, allarmato dalle traccianti, risponde al fuoco.
> >
> > Saetta 1 si disimpegnò con una scivolata d’ala per riposizionarsi
> > immediatamente dal punto dal quale aveva aperto il fuoco e non farsi
> > individuare. Il capitano Ammannato guadagnò quota e si riposizionò in
> > coda al Lancaster. Sparò una seconda raffica e poi una terza con i
> > quattro cannoncini da 20 millimetri e le quattro mitragliatrici da
> > 7,9. Il bombardiere fu colpito. Uno dei motori di destra fu messo
> > fuori uso, l’altro era in fiamme. Il quadrimotore iniziò a perdere
> > quota , poi lentamente, puntò verso terra, precipitando lungo il greto
> > del fiume Ticino, nei pressi di Vigevano. Le urla di gioia
> > dell’equipaggio si confusero con il rombo dei motori del Do.217, lanciato all’inseguimento di altri incursori.
> > La missione si concluse felicemente con l’atterraggio di Saetta 1 a
> > Lonate Pozzolo, nel buio più assoluto. L’avvicinamento era
> > strumentale, guidato prima dai dati forniti dai radiofari di Turbino e
> > di Casorate Sempione e poi dal famoso camion “dovunque”, dotato di
> > stazione radiotrasmittente. In finale, piccole lampadine da 24 volt,
> > poste a bordo pista indirizzavano il velivolo a terra. L’ordine via
> > radio era “venite a dormire”, ma il capitano Ammannato non contento si
> > fece condurre in macchina verso il luogo dove l’avversario era precipitato"
> >
> > -----Messaggio originale-----
> > Da: Andrea Thum
> > Inviato: lunedì 10 dicembre 2012 21:48
> > A: Agostino Alberti; Diego Vezzoli; Stefano Daniele Merli; Pomi Fabio
> > Oggetto: Re: ricostruzione aereo caduto a pieve albignola
> >
> > Ciao,
> >
> > il troncone di coda appartiene a un Lancaster. Ma quale?
> >
> > La foto inserita nel pdf mi era ignota prima d'oggi.
> >
> > Conosco, però, un'altra immagine dello stesso relitto, scattata da
> > altra prospettiva, e dovrebbe provenire dall'Istituto Pavese per la
> > Storia della Resistenza e dell'Età Contemporanea di Pavia.
> > Un po' di tempo fa tentai di contattarli via mail, per verificare la
> > cosa e, in caso affermativo, tentare di acquisire la foto con buona
> > qualità (utile per verificare la presenza del serial ed eventuali note
> > aggiunte alla stessa immagine). (questi Istituti hanno fondi con
> > raccolte di immagini varie provenenti da tutte le parti d'Italia) Ma
> > non ho mai ricevuto risposta alla mia richiesta.
> >
> > Ago, tu hai qualche aggancio con gli "sgobboni" di Pavia?
> >
> > Va comunque tenuto presente che questi Istituti hanno fondi con
> > raccolte di immagini varie provenenti da tutte le parti d'Italia.
> >
> > Tornando a quel relitto del Lanc.
> > La butto lì...sospetto che si possa trattare di uno dei velivoli persi
> > dal BC nel luglio del 1943, durante gli shuttle bombing effettuati
> > contro le centrali elettriche del nord Italia.
> > Sarebbe interessante chiedere lumi a Michele Becchi, che dovrebbe aver
> > fatto uno studio su un Lancaster precipitato in provincia di Parma nel
> > luglio 1943. Qualcuno di voi ha rapporti diretti?
> >
> > Andrea
> >
> >
> >
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "Agostino Alberti"
> > To: "Diego Vezzoli"Stefano
> > Daniele Merli" "Andrea Thum"; "Pomi Fabio"
> > Sent: Monday, December 10, 2012 6:43 PM
> > Subject: ricostruzione aereo caduto a pieve albignola
> >
> >
> >> Ciao giovani,
> >> Date un'occhiata a questo allegato.
> >> Contiene informazioni utili per approfondire la vicenda del B-25 di
> >> Pieve Albignola.
> >>
> >> C'è però un dettaglio che non torna:
> >> La foto è quella di una torretta caudale di un aereo inglese:
> >> Sembrerebbe un Lancaster o un Halifax (manca l'impenaggio verticale;
> >> che sia andato "strappato" nell' impatto?).
> >> Ma la foto venne poi davvero scattata a Pieve Albignola oppure l'han
> >> raccattata su internet e sbattuta in allegato?
> >> Sentirò in proposito il Sig. Bottacin.
> >> Non c'era un Lancaster caduto dalle parti di Vigevano?
> >>
> >> Ago
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >> Egr. sig. Agostino Alberti, le mando l'articolo completo di come si
> >> sono svolti i fatti il 20 ottobre 1944.
> >> Tempo fa ho parlato con il partigiano Fasce Battista (ha 87 anni) che
> >> mi ha raccontato la sua versione dei fatti che coincidono.
> >> Spero che Lei ora sia soddisfatto, ringraziandola ancora Le porgo i
> >> miei più cordiali saluti. Gaetano Bottacin

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