My large Research around the Veterans involved in the aerial battle that I am studying- and at theyr Families – today is addressed to another heavy bomber lost always on Sunday 19 December 1943.
I amyet in a closeand very interestingcontact with the Pilot ‘ Family : KITTY PETERSONand her Son ROBERT IV , California,who is caring for with passion a largeSite web in honour of Dad ‘ Service in the WWII.
The bomber Flying Fortress Boeing B-17Fserial #42-5409 of the 2nd Bomb Group , 429th Bomb Squadron, was lost duringthe route back to the Southern Italy , after the bombing of the Marshalling Yards of Innsbruck , Austria. 9 P.O.W. , 1 Killed In Action . The Sgt. Allan Bennett , 19 , 1stwar Mission. See: http://genforum.genealogy.com/usaf/messages/762.htmlhttp://genforum.genealogy.com/usaf/messages/762.html
I foundJim , a nephew of the KIA Airman but the collaboration was at all disappointing until now. All the other Officers and the Enlisted Men arestill losing.
Here the whole CREW:
Pilot :2nd Lt. ROBERT DEA PETERSON.0-680289. Co-Pilot: 1st Lt. JAMESH.BELLINGHAM Jr.0-800313. Navigator : 2nd Lt.MARLINC. BRIGGS0-736754. Bombardier :2nd Lt. JOHN M. HARDIN0-674761. U.T.Gunner : T/Sgt.GEORGE J. WEIMER13109242. L.T. Gunner:S/Sgt. COLIN M. SMITH39236178. R.W.Gunner: S/Sgt.GEORGET. SMITHJr . 19141255. L.W.Gunner : S/Sgt. LEO R. SCHUMACHER32361216. Tail Gunner : Sgt. ROY K. SNYDER6945083. Radio Operator :S/Sgt. ALLAN BENNETT148446 5or 2 .KIA
I can offer to the different Families exact infoabout the grounds of theyrlandings by chute in the Friuli Region , near the historical Town of Palmanova, Udine Province , Northern Italy. I found the crash ‘ place thanks to the kind anddecisive help of a German Historiker from Augsburg , Germany . HANSGRIMMINGER. . I will facilitate every meetingbetween the different Families , State by State. I have tales of the young- at time - witnesses , boys and girls , which encountered the Airmen just after the descent in some little villages in the plain , when the Bomber was in fire and witha lot ofother problems of flight. The Missing Air Crew Report# 1519 has every clear infoabout this event. The aircraft was hit by a German Pilot of theJ.G. 51(Fighter Group ) .
I request the help of all the Relatives and the Historians and Researcherswho are interested to save the Memory of Events neverbefore gotinto thoroughly but never forgotten in the life of the Flyers protagonist.
I await every touch , name & address.,info , document , picture , tale from the Americans sensible about the Air Force ‘ Story in the 2nd World War. Thanks a lot .
******************************************************** Giorgio Pietrobon. 68 . Treviso. Italia . Retired Teacher and volunteer WWII Researcher. email@example.com .