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Lt John "Jack" Fitzgerald, WW II B-25 Pilot, "60 Combat Missions" 321st Bomb Group
WW II 1943-45 | Corsica/Italy
Jack was born the 2nd son of Dr Andrew and Elizabeth (Little) Fitzgerald in 1922. There were 10 children. Jack was a Pilot in the 321st Bomb Group, the 446th Bomb Squadron, B 25 Mitchells in the MTO. Jack married Yvette Allie in 1943 (Yvette was born in Maseau, Canada, 20 Nov. 1922 to Ernest and Aline Allie, she passed 10 Dec. 2007) They were married 64 years and had 9 children and 15 grandchildren. Jack passed soon after, 16 Jan. 2008.
Jack Fitzgerald, 60 Combat Missions, B-25's MTO
1944 | Africa/Italy
The Pet MONKEY
Jack's monkey was from Africa - everyone loved the little monkey and fed it berries. The berries were fermented and so the monkey was drunk 1/2 the time, the biggest reason the monkey was "so entertaining". Jack told a story about baby sitting it qiute often but one day a Mission came up..... so he took the Monkey ON the Mission!
However ......on the way back they had a 'stuck' bomb in the bomb bay.... "someone" radioed him about his "suituation"???? (tower, another ship,??) and asked what the status was on their hung bomb. Jack simply said, NO problem at all, "I have a "MONKEY" back there working on it". Some ONE obviously resolved the problem and they landed safely at home-base.
The Lovable thing was still living large when he left for Italy.
(Story from son, John T Fitzgerald)