Another Bomber lost in the same Dayof war of my large Research – Sunday 19 December 1943 - is theBoeing B-17F “ The Thunderbolt”, 97th Bomb Group , 342nd Bomb Squadron , M.T.O. , XV A.F. , Airport Cerignola , Pilot Capt. Robert M. Dawson , 2 K.I.A. , 8 P.O.W. Target : Marshalling Yards of Innsbruck , Austria .Missing Air Crew Report # 1520.
Thanks to the web net I was contacted by some offspring , daughters above all , of these Crewmembers and we are working to save the Memory of Airmen that suffered sacrifices or lost their lives fighting from the Southern side of the European front.
A German fighter hit the bomber and in the nr.2 engine started the fire. The Fortress fell in a Valley of the Suedtirol , a large territory of Italia where the People talk German language.
Here the Crew :
Pilot:Capt. ROBERT M. DAWSON0-740762.P.O.W. Co-Pilot: 2nd Lt. HAROLD B. NOVAK0-666799.K.I.A. Navigator: 2nd Lt. EARL B. SULLIVAN0-682258. K.I.A. Bombardier : 2nd Lt. THOMAS J. McHUGH0-670057.P.O.W. Engineer: S/Sgt.GEORGEF. BARTH13044506.P.O.W. Radio Op. :S/Sgt.ROBERT J. DEAN15086219.P.O.W. RW Gunner :Sgt. KENNETH A. SCHROLL32142299 .P.O.W. LW Gunner : S/Sgt. CLARENCESOMMERFIELD20913170. P.O.W. Ball TGunner : Sgt. JOSEPH L. RADANOVIC35389363.P.O.W. Rear Gunner : S/Sgt. JOSEPH A. DOBRZANSKI13108047.P.O.W.
I look for contacts with ALL the Families and Relatives also far for rebuild the Stories of every Airman dead or survived. I can offer pictures , info, documents , tales about this sad event. Probably the next Year there will be a Memorial in honour ofthese Soldiers in the Village nearest to the crash ground that I know well. I hope in the help of Historians & WWII Researchers that will be remembered by credits andinvited to the Ceremony. Grateful for any aid.
Giorgio Pietrobon.1943.Treviso.Italia. Retired Teacher & volunteer Researcher about an only Day of air war . email@example.com
I am grateful to the FriendJIM GRAHAM , Seattle , who helped me in the search of some Families of the famous B-24D “ the Sandman”. 10 KIA. Jim was at war ‘ times Pilot of a P-38in the 1st Fighter Group , Italy. Past President of the 1st FGVeterans Association. Thanks to him I could know and met this Genealogy Forum.