29 April, 1944 — Germany
S/Sgt Michael Chiodo, Aerial Gunner/Radio Operator in the B-24 #42-110105 of the 392nd Bomb Group (Heavy) and 578th Bomb Squad (8th AF) out of England.
MISSING AIRCREW REPORT: #04446 AIRCRAFT: #42-110105 (NO ART) NICKNAME- "T-Bar" 10th Mission --- B-24 J
AIRCREW: BISHOP * SQUADRON: 578th
CREW POSITIONS AND STATUS:
P 2/LT Bishop, Robert R. KIA
CP 2/LT Luce, Arthur W. KIA
N 2/LT Hess, Donald W. KIA
B 2/LT Digman, Thomas (NMI) Jr. KIA
R/O S/SGT Karaso, Joseph J. KIA
A/RO SGT Chiodo, Michael A. KIA
EnG SGT Blong, James T. KIA
WG SGT Harringer, John J. Jr. KIA
WG SGT Bonnassiolle, John R KIA
TG S/SGT McDonald, Ralph L. KIA
MISSION LOSS CIRCUMSTANCES: The only returning crew eyewitness report stated briefly that this plane was seen peeling off after the enemy fightter attacks with the right elevator appearing to be badly shot up, and that no chutes were seen. There were no additional reports on the loss of this aircrew and ship in the MACR.
German witnesses remember seeing the dogfight between the fighters and the bombers, and then this B-24 spiraling down toward the horse pasture below. They confirmed that everyone was killed in the crash. About an hour after the impact, a bomb exploded in the wreckage, destroying much of what remained of the plane and sending debris far and wide.
INDIVIDUAL ACCOUNTS OF CREWMEN FATES: None. All crew men perished in this aircraft loss. No German reports exist on this crew as well.
BURIAL RECORDS: No German reports of crew member recoveries exist in the MACR. One member, Lt. Digman, was ultimately recovered by U.S. teams subsequently and he is interred in the U.S. overseas National Cemetery of ARDENNES in Grave B-34-52 and a Purple Heart citation was awarded. All remaining crew men are recorded on the WALL OF THE MISSING at the MARGRATEN National Cemetery with the exception of Sgt Blong. No record exists as to his remembrances-of-record. All other missing members are recorded as receiving the Air Medal and Purple Heart.
NEXT OF KIN DATA IN WWI 1: Bishop (Wife, Maryin, Box 786, El Reno, Oklahoma); Luce (Mother, May M., P0 Box 886, Fort Bragg, California); Hess (Wife, Mrs. Donald W., 1915 Grandview, Sioux City, Iowa); Digman (Wife, Bernice E., 688 Montclair Street, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania); McDonald (Father, Robie W., 411 Thompson Avenue, East Point, Georgia); Karaso (Mother, Anna. 3264 Miller Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania);*** CHIODO (Sister, Miss "Lucy Chiodo", 1438 East 176 Street, Cleveland, Ohio);*** Blong (Mother, Josephine, 116 Chestnut Street, Port Washington, Wisconsin); Harringer (Mother, Loretta D., 1714 North Brookfield, South Bend, Indiana); and Bonnassiolle (Mother, Mrs. Marie Kelly, Route #1, Box 12 Colma, California). MACR has sister LUCE completely wrong, what is above is the correct name)
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