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Lt Rudy A Di Fulvio, 321st BG, 445th BS, MTO /KIA

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Lt Rudolph di Fulvio, Bombardier, State-side Training /1943
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DiFulvio, Rudolph A., "Rudy", 2Lt., Bombardier, Enlistment Service # : 13114597
Officer's Service # : O-766223  Lt Rudy is White/Citizen (Not Negro, a mistake)
KILLED IN ACTION on 18 September 1944 On Bombing Mission On Troop Concentrations Northwest of Rimini, Italy.  The Plane Took A Direct Hit of Flak, Or Was Hit By A Frag Bomb, As Its Bombs Were Dropping.  2Lt. DiFulvio, The Bombardier, Was Likely Killed Or Severely Wounded And He Went Down With The Flaming Ship.  The Other 6 Crew Members Bailed Out, Were Captured By The Enemy, Held As Prisoners Of War And Later Were Returned.

A/C No. 43-27792 "Cuddle Bunny" (MACR-8779 down in flames in Adriatic Sea)
P: Richardson, John S., 1Lt  - POW, returned
CP: Corey, Robert (NMI), 2Lt  - POW, returned
N: None
B: DiFulvio, Rudolph A. "Rudy" , 2Lt  - went down with ship - KIA
E: Marinucci, Andrew J., S/Sgt - POW, returned
R: Rossi, Sam J., T/Sgt  - POW, returned
G: Lemke, Leslie J., Sgt  - POW, returned
F: Riley, William J., Jr., Cpl - POW, returned

Lt Rudy (Bombardier) arrived in the Mediterranean Theatre sometime near the beginning of August, 1944,   Lt Rudy has apparently arrived with several good friends from Training Schools in the States, 1st T/Sgt Irving J Schaffer (Eng/Gunner) who landed in the 448th Bomb Squad, (and whose War-Diary is quoted in this) and with Rudy in the 445th Bomb Squad are Sgt. Marion "RED" Redwood Taylor (Eng/Gunner) and Sgt William A Smith, Jr (Eng/Gunner)   These man are pictured and named in the photo's above, Irving Schaffer Photos).

    First Mention of Rudy;

17 Aug 44 - 448th BS:  War Diary of:  Schaffer, Irving J., Cpl, radio-gunner:

“Awoke 8:30AM.  Weather keeping us on the ground.  There is much mud.  Natives are cutting grass with an odd shaped cutter.  At the end of a 30" round stick a small 4" knife blade is attached.  They swing it to and fro.  Very tedious and slow.  Discussed navigation with Rudy.   Prowled about, did a bit of reading.  Retired 9:00PM.”

DiFulvio, Rudolph A. "Rudy", 2Lt, bombardier, 445th BS

 First Mission on 25 August, 1944

  A/C No.  43-27769 “Miss Fancy Pants” P Schiff, Frederick (NMI), 1Lt CP Ottinger, Warren F., 2Lt N None B DiFulvio, Rudolph A. “Rudy” , 2Lt E Cavanaugh, Thomas J., Jr., Sgt R Leach, Earl V., T/Sgt G Arcuri, John (NMI), Sgt F None

Lt Rudy Di Fulvio flew 9 Cobat Missions; 

25 August, 1944 in the "Miss Fancy Pants"  # 43-27769

10 Sept. 1944 in the B-25 #43-27509 (No name or Art yet)

11 Sept. 1944 in the #43-27502 "Pretty Kitty Blue Eyes"

12 Sept. 1944 in the #43-27769 "Miss Fancy Pants"

13 Sept. 1944 in the #43-27553 "Evora"

14 Sept. 1944 in the #43-27553 "Evora"

16 Sept. 1944 in the #43-27733 (No name or Art yet)

17 Sept. 1944 in the #43-27733   "    "

18 Sept. 1944 in the #43-27792 "Cuddle Bunny" SHOT-DOWN in the Adriatic Sea.


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U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946
NAME DI FULVIO  RUDOLPH  A.   ARMY SERIAL NUMBER 13114597     
RESIDENCE: COUNTY  PHILADELPHIA  PA    PLACE OF ENLISTMENT  PHILADELPHIA PENNSYLVANIA      DATE OF ENLISTMENT DAY 15 Sept 1942 
BRANCH: Army Air Corps   NATIVITY  PENNSYLVANIA   YEAR OF BIRTH 1922  
RACE AND CITIZENSHIP  *****White, citizen*****   EDUCATION  4 years of high school  
CIVILIAN OCCUPATION 992   MARITAL STATUS  Single, without dependents  

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U.S. WWII Military Personnel Missing In Action or Lost At Sea, 1941-1946
Name: Rudolph A Difulvio    Date of Loss: 18 Sep 1944  Branch: U.S. Army Air Force  
Rank: 2 LT   Service Number: O766223   Status: Missing in Action
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World War II and Korean Conflict Veterans Interred Overseas
Name: Rudolph A Di Fulvio  Inducted From: Pennsylvania    Rank: Second Lieutenant   Combat Organization: 445th Bomber Squadron 321st Bomber  
Death Date: 15 Sep 1944  Monument: Florence, Italy  
Last Known Status: Missing    U.S. Awards: Purple Heart Medal; Air Medal; Additional Army Awards  
--  WWII  Name: Rudolph A. Di Fulvio       Death Date: 18 Sep 1944
Cemetery: Tablets of The Missing At Florence American Cemetery  
Cemetery Burial Plot: Missing in Action or Buried at Sea   Cemetery City: Florence  
Cemetery Country: Italy       War: World War II  
Awards: Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Purple Heart   Title: Second Lieutenant  
Rank: Second Lieutenant   Service: U.S. Army Air Forces  
Service ID: O-766223   Division: 445th Bomber Squadron, 321st Bomber Group, Medium   Data Source: World War II Honor Roll  
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U.S. Rosters of World War II Dead, 1939-1945
Name: Rudolph A Difulvio   Gender: Male  Race: ***White***    Religion: Catholic      
Disposition: Nonrecoverable       Service Branch: Army   Rank: Second Lieutenant  
Service Number: 766223
-- http://www.dtic.mil/dpmo/WWII_MIA/AAF  DPMO
Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office
Service Personnel Not Recovered Following World War II
DIFULVIO, RUDOLPH A  O766223  AAF  2 LT  09/18/1944  
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National WWII Memorial, Washington, D.C.  Registry~NARA~War Department Files
Honoree Hometown Service Source   
Rudolph A. DiFulvio  Philadelphia County, PA U.S. Army  National Archives
2 LT Rudolph A. DiFulvio   ID: O-766223
Branch of Service: U.S. Army  Hometown: Philadelphia County, PA   Status: FOD
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National WWII Memorial, Washington, D.C.   Registry~NARA~War Department Files
Honoree Hometown Service Source
Rudolph A. Di Fulvio PA U.S. Army Air Forces ABMC Tablets of the Missing  
Rudolph A. Di Fulvio   ID: O-766223  Entered the Service From: Pennsylvania
Rank: Second Lieutenant   Service: U.S. Army Air Forces, 445th Bomber Squadron, 321st Bomber Group, Medium   Died: Monday, September 18, 1944
Memorialized at: Florence American Cemetery   Location: Via Cassia, Italy
Awards: Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Purple Heart  
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From: findagrave.com
2Lt Rudolph A Di Fulvio  
Birth:  unknown   Death:  Sep. 18, 1944   
Entered the service from Pennsylvania.   
Burial: Florence American Cemetery and Memorial    Florence, Toscana, Italy
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Monday 19 September 1944
448th BS:  War Diary of:  Schaffer, Irving J., S/Sgt, radio-gunner:
"Awoke 5:15AM. Briefing at 6:35AM. Sky 4/10 coverage.  Scrambled powdered eggs, oatmeal, grapefruit juice, bread, marmalade, coffee.  Target, troops and supplies northwest of Rimini.  Pilot Lt Moyer (481) Takeoff 8:10.  Over target 9:29. 100% hit. Flak - moderate inaccurate. P47 dive-bombers.  5/10 clouds.  Very cold. Flew at 12,000 feet.  One ship 445th went down - bombardier, DiFulvio.  Hit over target. Three parachuted but were being fired upon by German ground forces.  Eating early chow for another mission this PM. Stuffed peppers, onions and beets, kidney beans, butterscotch pudding, iced tea, marmalade, bread.  Briefing at 12:35PM.  Same as this morning's target.  Lt Swanson (668).  Takeoff 1:45PM.  Lead ship 2nd element.  Turned back at coast of Italy. 10/10 at 10,000.  Landed 3:10PM.  Capt Neprash gave me another photo which is to be published. Feeling knocked out after knowing of Rudy's ultimate fate.  Dreary day. Received 10 letters.  Used K-8A for both missions.  On 1st shift of guard. Comfortable evening.  Prayed for Rudy.
 Schaffner returned from Rome.  Stuffed pepper, canned tomatoes, canned peaches, bread, butter, coffee.  Feeling blue.  Retired 10:30PM."

DiFulvio, Rudolph A. "Rudy", 2Lt, bombardier, 445th BS
Moyer, Emerson C., 1Lt, pilot
Neprash, Sergius P., Capt, intelligence, HQ 321st BG
Schaffner, Clarence Donovan, T/Sgt, radio-gunner
Swanson, Erle G. "Swanny", Jr., 1Lt, pilot
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Wednesday, 20 September 1944

448th BS:  War Diary of:  Schaffer, Irving J., S/Sgt, radio-gunner:
"CQ blowing whistle 5:15AM.  Briefing 6:00AM. Slight rain.  Carrying 1000 lb GP's. Railroad bridge 50 miles northwest of Valero at Citta Della, Italy.  Powdered eggs in pancake form, stewed prunes, coffee, bread.  Played cribbage, read, kibitzed. Stand-down on mission.  Steel runway mats coming in.  Boys are repairing club.  Spamburgers, carrots and onion, canned tomatoes, applesauce, bread, butter, coffee.  Very heavy rain.  Rain ceased 3:30PM.  New roof being put on club.  Roast beef, mashed potatoes, cabbage, beans, fruit salad, coffee, bread, marmalade.  Went to see Smitty and Taylor. Frag exploded causing Rudy's ship to go down.  B26 outfit claims they saw 6 chutes open. Flak missed Taylor's head and his radio-gunner was put out of commission with a slug in his right side. (7 on lead ship).  Rudy's wife to have baby next week.
Read Ring Lardner's "Some Like Them Cold" and Edgar Allan Poe's "Murders in the Rue Morgue."  Retired 8:50PM.?"

DiFulvio, Rudolph A. "Rudy", 2Lt, bombardier, 445th BS
Smith, Virgil D. "Smitty", Cpl, ordnance, 445th BS
Taylor, Marion R., S/Sgt, engineer-gunner, 445th BS
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Thursday 21 September 1944
448th BS:  War Diary of:  Schaffer, Irving J., S/Sgt, radio-gunner:
"CQ blowing whistle at 6:00AM.  First day of autumn.  Feeling like a million. Briefing at 7:20AM.  Fried powdered eggs, wheatena, bread, marmalade, coffee, grapefruit juice. Stand-down.  Hitched to the 340th with Smith, Stanley.  Found Lozowski in 486Sq (Usher, Stevenson, McLarin, Carter, Thomas, Lt Bahen, Horton also in 340th group.)  Ate chow at 340th.  Headquarter tent, metal stools and board covered boxes to form table.  Dirt floor. Area very scattered. Visited Lt Bain and Lt Horton.  Lt Ivory from 448th was also at 340th. Spoke about Rudy.
 Complete crews fly on transition flight.  Very clear day (Hash, canned tomatoes, rice pudding, bread and peanut butter, grapefruit juice - 340th meal) Lozowski came back with me to 448th.   Joe Creighton's friend, Lt Ned Reilly came down from 340th (489th).  Leonard and Ned stayed for supper.  Roast beef, mashed potatoes, shredded cabbage, fried eggplants, bread, marmalade, coffee.  We went through the chow line twice. Killed a bottle of Jamaique Rum.  None for yours truly.  Used squadron jeep to drive the boys back.  Removed our caps and zipped our jackets up and drank with Ned at the 340th officer's club.  Edith (Red Cross) acting bartendress.  Sampled every drink. Creighton drank consistently (American whiskey and gin).  Met Captain Taylor. Ned removed three cases of Rupperts beer for Joe and me.  Tried to leave at 9:00PM.  Finally departed at 11:00PM.  Joe very stinko.  Yours truly drove back.  Arrived camp 12:15AM.  Very tired.  Clear night.  Stumbled on way in tent.  Chief (John Nelson) kidding me about being inebriated.  Retired 12:30AM."

Bahen, A. L., 1Lt, bombardier, 486th BS, 340th BG
Carter, B. D., Sgt, radio-gunner, 486th BS, 340th BG
Creighton, Joe, 389th BS, 340th BG
DiFulvio, Rudolph A. "Rudy", 2Lt, bombardier, 445th BS
Horton, C. A., 2Lt, pilot, 486th BS, 340th BG?
Horton, R. H., 1Lt, pilot, 486th BS, 340th BG?
Ivory, Daniel J., Jr., 2Lt, pilot, 448th BS
Lozowski, Leonard J., T/Sgt, radio-gunner, 486th BS, 340th BG
Nelson, John F. "Chief", Cpl, engineer-gunner, 448th B
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Monday, 6 November 1944
448th BS:  War Diary of:  Schaffer, Irving J., S/Sgt, radio-gunner:
"Awoke 6:30AM.  Read in bed while.  Raisin pancakes, oatmeal, coffee, grapefruit juice. Very clear and warm.  Tried to be taken off of Rome rest camp trip.  No dice.   Commencing to housebreak "Snafu".  Visited at 340th and Cecil Usher said Rudy's wife knows about his fate.  God, how I feel for her.  The baby was born the same week the telegram from the State Dept arrived.  Every time I think of him, I fill up inside.
 Mail is coming through constantly.  Meat loaf, gravy, mashed potatoes, fresh vegetables, salad, bread, butter, hot tea.  Went up in mountains for more rocks for fireplace.  Ate early chow as I am on first shift of guard.  Roast beef, mashed potatoes, peas, fried onions and peppers, coffee.  Clear evening.  Snafu fed meat for first time.  Sick at first.  Bass and I pulled first taxi strip guard.  He spoke about Hawthorne's dislike for the Jews.  Knowing Bernard Bass as I do, I believe he agitates, very argumentative.  Very starry evening. Flying lead operator on tomorrow's mission. Retired 10:30PM."

Bass, Bernard G., S/Sgt, radio-gunner, bombardier
DiFulvio, Rudolph A. "Rudy", 2Lt, bombardier
Hawthorne, Ralph C., S/Sgt, gunner
"Snafu" - Sgt George Huha's dog
Usher, Cecil C., Sgt, tail gunner, 486th BS, 340th BG

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19 September 1944
445th BS Mission Summary (Ops Order 558/mission 558) Group Mission # 558: The squadron sent 15 aircraft out to help bomb troop concentrations northwest of Rimini, Italy.  They ran into a terrific flak barrage and one aircraft piloted by Lt. Richardson was lost over the target.  Another piloted by Lt. Payne landed at Grosseto, Italy with one engine shot out.  A third piloted by Lt. Moore landed at Ghisonaccia field with a punctured tire.  Sgt. Sauer, radio gunner in Lt. Dyer's plane was wounded in the side by flak.  Despite the many difficulties, the squadron's deadeye bombardiers achieved a 99.8 bombing accuracy for the mission.

A/C No.  43-27792 "Cuddle Bunny" (MACR-8779 shot down)
P: Richardson, John S., 1Lt
CP: Corey, Robert (NMI), 2Lt
N: None
B: DiFulvio, Rudolph A. "Rudy" , 2Lt
E: Marinucci, Andrew J., S/Sgt
R: Rossi, Sam J., T/Sgt
G: Lemke, Leslie J., Sgt,
F: Riley, William J., Jr., Cpl
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A/C No. 43-27792 "Cuddle Bunny" (MACR-8779 down in flames in Adriatic Sea)
Richardson, John S., 1Lt  - POW, returned
Corey, Robert (NMI), 2Lt  - POW, returned
None
DiFulvio, Rudolph A. "Rudy" , 2Lt  - went down with ship - KIA
Marinucci, Andrew J., S/Sgt - POW, returned
Rossi, Sam J., T/Sgt  - POW, returned
Lemke, Leslie J., Sgt  - POW, returned
Riley, William J., Jr., Cpl - POW, returned
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Eyewitness Account:  Chapman, John Edward, 1Lt, navigator, 446th BS

445th Bombardment Squadron (M) AAF
321st Bombardment Group (M) AAF
Office of the Operations Officer
    APO 650,
21 September 1944
AG-360.33 - Richardson, John S. (0) and crew.
SUBJECT:  Missing Air Crew Report.

1.  "I was the navigator in the bomber flying in the lead of the second flight of the formation which followed immediately behind the aircraft in question on the mission of 18 September 1944."
2.  "While we were on the bomb run, I observed three parachutes to open below and to the left of our formation.  After seeing the chutes, I looked for and found the bomber from which they had jumped.  It was heading in a northerly direction toward the sea.  The plane was burning but seemed to be under control.  The flames appeared to be coming from the wings and not the fuselage but were too far away to be positive.  It looked to me as though the parachutists would land behind enemy lines.  I did not see the airplane crash nor did I see more than three chutes open."
Monday, 18 September 1944 (continued)

JOHN E. CHAPMAN,
1st Lt, 0-699134,
Navigator.
(Attachment to MAC Report,
Richardson, John S. (0) and crew,
B-25J, Aircraft 43-27792, 21 September 1994.
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Eyewitness Account:  Parlette, Oliver C., T/Sgt, radio-gunner, 445th BS

445th Bombardment Squadron (M) AAF
321st Bombardment Group (M) AAF
Office of the Operations Officer
    APO 650,
21 September 1944
AG-360.33 - Richardson, John S. (0) and crew.
SUBJECT:  Missing Air Crew Report.

1.  "I was the radio-gunner of the aircraft in number two position of the same flight in which Lt. Richardson was flying.  During the bomb run I was watching the concerned plane to see the bombs drop.  There was a flak burst to the rear of our element at our altitude and another which seemed to burst just below Lt. Richardson's plane as the bombs were dropping from the bomb bay.  There was a large orange flash followed by brown smoke which may have resulted from a direct flak hit in the falling bomb load.  I judged it to be a flak burst because of its similarity to the first which burst behind our element.  I observed the right landing gear to lower and the right engine aflame.  The plane seemed to falter for about five seconds and then began to lose altitude, slowly at first and then more rapidly.  I lost sight of the plane when we peeled off the bomb run.  The tail gunner reported seeing one chute.  I saw the parachutist at 6000 feet.  The parachute opened about ten or fifteen seconds after the plane was hit.  I regained sight of the aircraft and saw it hit the water just off the coast.  Judging from my observations of the splash, the plane did not make a controlled landing.  It appeared to me that the airplane came to the surface again and seemed to be in tact."
OLIVER C. PARLETTE,
T/Sgt., 11072713,
Radio-gunner.
(Attachment to MAC Report,
Richardson, John S. (0) and crew,
B-25J, Aircraft 43-27792, 21 September 1994.

Eyewitness Account:  Yoa, Harry (NMI), S/Sgt, engineer-gunner, 445th BS

445th Bombardment Squadron (M) AAF
321st Bombardment Group (M) AAF
Office of the Operations Officer
    APO 650,
21 September 1944
AG-360.33 - Richardson, John S. (0) and crew.
SUBJECT:  Missing Air Crew Report.

1.  "I was the tail gunner of the aircraft in number two position, first element of the same flight in which Lt. Richardson was flying.  On the bomb run, while the plane concerned had its bomb bay doors open, I observed the landing wheels to lower and could see that the right engine was aflame.  The plane, apparently under control, began to lose altitude rapidly.  It appeared as though the pilot headed his bomber toward the sea.  I observed a parachute to open, which was probably from the rear of the crippled bomber, at approximately 7000 feet.  The parachute drifted in the direction of the town of Gatteo.   I did not see the plane hit the water but I saw the splash.  We were too far away to observe whether the bomber was afloat."
HARRY (NMI) YOA,
S/Sgt., 14053361,
Engineer-Gunner.
(Attachment to MAC Report,
Richardson, John S. (0) and crew,
B-25J, Aircraft 43-27792, 21 September 1994.

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Eyewitness Account:  Hickey, William R., S/Sgt, engineer-gunner, 445th BS

445th Bombardment Squadron (M) AAF
321st Bombardment Group (M) AAF
Office of the Operations Officer
    APO 650,
21 September 1944
AG-360.33 - Richardson, John S. (0) and crew.
SUBJECT:  Missing Air Crew Report.

1.  "I was the tail gunner of the aircraft in number two position of the second element, flying directly in front of the aircraft concerned.  While on the bomb run, I was looking directly at Lt. Richardson's plane to watch his bombs fall away.  Just as the bombs were dropping from the bomb bay, there was a huge orange flash about five or ten feet below the bomb bay of the bomber.  I believe this was due to an explosion of a frag
bomb because I did not observe any flak with the exception of a few bursts about a half mile or more ahead of the formation.  The plane fell off to the left and began to descend rapidly but under control.  I saw one chute come out and a few seconds later another.  The plane turned to the right and began to head in the direction of the sea as it continued downward.  When the plane dropped to approximately 300 feet above the sea, it nosed over into the water out of control about three-fourths of a mile off the coast."

WILLIAM R. HICKEY,
S/Sgt., 16169957
(Attachment to MAC Report,
Richardson, John S. (0) and crew,
B-25J, Aircraft 43-27792, 21 September 1994.

RE: Rudolph A. di Fulvio "Facts Group / Person / Fact Name / Race of Et. Negro" * "World War II Enlistment Records / Fact Name / Race or Et. Negro "* * Caucasian ?

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