Conflict Period:
World War II 1
Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces 1

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Full Name:
John V Garofalo 1
Buried: Missing in Action or Buried at Sea<BR>Tablets of the Missing at Sicily-Rome American Cemetery<BR>Nettuno, Italy 1
Death: 1-Feb-44 1
Death Date: 01 Feb 1944 1
Memorial Cemetery: Tablets of the Missing at Sicily-Rome American Cemetery 1
Memorial Country: Nettuno, Italy 1
Memorial Location: Missing in Action or Buried at Sea 1
State: New Jersey 1

World War II 1

Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces 1
Service Number:
32557629 1
Air Medal, Purple Heart 1
379th Bomber Squadron, 310th Bomber Group, Medium 1

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310thBG,379thBS, Sgt John Garofalo KIA


Sgt John V Garofalo, KIA in WWII /Mediterranean Theatre of Operations in the B-25 #42-64840, Shot Down at Sea, all lost.  1 Feb. 1944 (some records say 2 Feb. 1944)  He was a Radio/Aerial Gunner.  (SEE Page TWO/ Link under the Map for the MACR's /Missing Air Crew Reports)

  U.S. Army Air Force; 12th Air Force; 57th Bombardment Wing;
310th Bombardment Group; 379th Bombardment Squadron

GAROFALO, John, V., Sgt., Radio-Gunner, Enlistment Service #: 32557629

KILLED IN ACTION~On 01 Feb 1944, on a Sea Search Bombing Mission, Port of
Departure of Gambut, as the formation flew broadside, over a three enemy ship
convoy, it is believed that A/C # 42-64840 hit a rocket cable fired by the
vessel it attacked, leaving a gap in the left wing, about a foot wide, and 9
inches deep, from which a cable was dangling. The left engine started to
throw oil, and it is believed the aircraft made a controlled belly landing in
the water. It is believed that the crew survived the landing and used the
dinghy, however, no trace of the six crew members was ever found, and one
year later, the Government made a Finding Of Death for each of the six crew
A/C #: 42-64840 Mission; Sea Sweep
P: Lavender, James F. "Jimmy", 2Lt, O-740841, Fayette Co. WV
CP: Staley, Warren Gray, 2Lt, O-747915, Kansas City, MO
B-N: Smith, Edwin A., 2Lt, O-741762, LA, Calif
RG: Garofalo, John V., Sgt., 32557629, Hudson Co., NJ
G: Johnson, Neil S., S/Sgt., 15324259, Ashtabula, OH
Tail G: Russell, Samuel P., Cpl., 16109060, Detroit, Mich

Barbi Ennis Connolly 321stBG Historian


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