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Fred John Dioquardo


Flew 28 combat missions. Served as ball Turret Gunner with many pilots and on many different aircraft in the 360th Squadron of the 303rd Bomb Group.

First mission on 4 April 1943 with John Farrar (#42-5260); 2nd one with Clemens Wurzbach (#41-24562); third with Carl Morales (#41-24562); fourth with John Van Wie (#42-5393); fifth with Jack Timken (#42-29656); sixth with Robert O'Connor (#42-5360); seventh with Major Lewis Lyle (#42-5260); ninth to twelve with Claude Campbell (#41-24561, #42-3002 and two on #42-3029). Most other missions from 10 July 1943 on were flown with Lt William T. Baker on various planes, most frequently #42-5260.

John Dioquardo was credited with 1 Fw190 destroyed (mission of 17/7/43 with Claude Campbell in "Shangri La" (#42-29754) and one Me110 damaged on the same plane with the same pilot the following day 16/8/43. Credited with one Fw190 destroyed, 17/8/43. Credited with another Fw190 and one Me110 destroyed. He completed his combat tour on 4 October 1943.

Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.



  • William Baker

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Pilot in the 360th Squadron.

  • Claude Campbell

    Military | Colonel | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 30 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DSC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME, UN and Korean medals. Post war: Remained in USAF, serving in Korean conflict.

  • John Farrar

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Pilot of #42-5260 "Yardbird II" on 4/4/1943

  • Lewis Lyle

    Military | General | Commanding Officer | 2nd Bomb Group
    17-Feb-42 Assigned as a Pilot with 303BG/360BS at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho. 6-Mar-42 assigned as Pilot with crew of B-17F #41-24559 [PU-F] "Ooold Soljer", 303BG/360BS at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho. 12-Jun-42 through 7-Aug-42 He and his crew underwent...

  • Carl Morales

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    15-Sep-42 Assigned as Pilot, with crew, to B-17F #41-24562 [VK A] "Sky Wolf", 303BG/358BS at Kellogg Field, Battle Creek, Michigan. 10-Oct-42 Moved with "Sky Wolf" and crew to Dow Field, Maine in preparation for deployment to the UK. 16-Oct-42 Arrived...

  • Robert O'Connor

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    1st Lieutenant Robert S. O’Connor was born October 16, 1918. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur O’Connor. His hometown was Milwaukee, Wisconsin. ...

  • Jack Timken

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Flew as pilot of #41-24562 "Sky Wolf" on the 19/5/1943 mission. July 4, 1943 fighter attack on B-17 #41-24562 'Sky Wolf' piloted by Lieutenant J. C. Timken.

  • John Van Wie

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Captain John A. Van Wie was born June 25, 1915. His next of kin were his wife, Mrs. John A. Van Wie, his father, Hiram Van Wie, and his sister, Bernice A. Burkett. He was from Long Beach, California. He flew as pilot of #42-5393 "Thumper Again" on the...

  • Clemens Wurzbach

    Military | Major | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Enlisted in the Air Corps long before the war and graduated as a Pilot from the Kelly Field Flying School, earning his 2nd Lieutenant wings in 1939. Promoted to 1st Lieutenant and ultimately to Major in the 303rd Bomb Group. Flew on many missions, some...

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...

  • 360th Bomb Squadron


  • 41-24561 The Duchess, "Sure Stuff"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 359BS/303BG [BN-T] Bangor 10/9/42; Molesworth 16/10/42; 59m transferred 1 Base Air Depot (sic),* Burtonwood 7/7/44; Returned to the USA Altus 18/8/44; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Altus 14/8/45. Over...

  • 41-24562 Sky Wolf

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-A] Bangor 14/10/42; Molesworth 16/10/42; 60m Missing in Action Oschersleben 11/1/44 with Aubrey Emerson, Co-pilot: McDonald Riddick, Navigator: Lew Halliburton, Bombardier: Don Delaura, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Grover...

  • 42-29656 The Terrible Ten, Skunkface

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 2/2/43; Salina 9/2/43; Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-F] Molesworth 21/3/43 "THE TERRIBLE TEN"; transferred 322BS/91BG [LG-S] Bassingbourn 5/7/43 "SKUNKFACE". Missing in Action on its 19th mission, to Aschersleben, Germany on 20 February...

  • 42-29754 'Mason's Morons' 'Shangri-La Lil'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 12/2/43; Rapid City 22/2/43; Kearney 12/3/43. ...

  • 42-3002 'The Old Squaw'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Pocatello 31/12/42; Assigned 359BS/303BG [BN-Z] Morrison 5/3/43; Molesworth 8/4/43; Missing in Action 6/9/43 with Bob Hullar, Co-pilot: Wilbur Klint, Navigator: Elmer Brown, Bombardier: Jim McCormick, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Dale...

  • 42-3029 Wallaroo

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 13/1/43; Assigned 359BS/303BG [VK-N] Homestead 5/3/43; Molesworth 9/4/43 (35missions). Missing in Action 14 January 1944 with Pilot Captain Merle R. Hungerford Jr, Co-pilot: Karl B. Arundale, Navigator: Joe B. Vogel, Bombardier: James F...

  • 42-5260 Yardbird II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 26/10/42; Salina 15/12/42. ...

  • 42-5360 Old Faithful, War Bride

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 20/11/42; New Castle 13/12/42; Assigned 358BS/303BG Molesworth [VK-N] 8/1/43; Missing in Action [35m] Oschersleben 11/1/44 with Harry Schwaebe, Co-pilot: Harry Dumse, Navigator: Paul Degnan, Bombardier: Wilburn Wiley, Flight engineer...

  • 42-5393 'Just For Laughs' aka 'Little Woman' aka 'Thumper Again'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 29/11/42; Morrison 6/2/43; Assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-G] Molesworth 25/2/43; took off from RAF Kenley following previous day’s raid, but involved in landing accident at RAF North Luffenham after getting lost en route to base 15/10/43;...

  • 42-5854 'Alley Oop'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 23/3/43; Kearney 15/4/43; Wendover 2/5/43; Dow Fd 27/5/43; Assigned 418BS/100BG 30/5/43 Thorpe Abbotts; transferred 360BS/303BG [PU-C] Molesworth 13/7/43; 28m 1 Base Air Depot, Burtonwood 5/4/44; Returned to the USA Tinker 6/6/44;...


  • VIII Bomber Command 49

    4 April 1943
    The Renault armament and motor works at Paris, France are the primary target of this mission. 97 B-17s are despached: 91BG (26); 303BG (23); 305BG (18); and 306BG (30). 85 of the 97 despatched are effective on the target. Fighter resistance is heavy...

  • VIII Bomber Command 74

    17 July 1943
    The railroad industry at Hannover, Germany and the aircraft industry at Hamburg, Germany were the intended targets for this mission but weather caused the mission to be cancelled. The element sent to Hannover was a combined force of 207 B-17s from:...

  • VIII Bomber Command 83

    16 August 1943
    This mission consists of two elements of B-17s despatched to bomb the German airfields of Le Bourget (Paris), Poix and Abbeville, France. The first element is a combined force of 180 B-17s from: 91BG (21); 92BG (17); 303BG (20); 305BG (20); 306BG (20);...

  • VIII Bomber Command 84

    17 August 1943
    The mission flown on 17-Aug-43, the 1st anniversary of the 1st mission flown by the 8th Air Force, is probably the most written about mission of the war. This is the famous Schweinfurt/Regensburg mission on which 60 B-17s are lost. It has been dubbed ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 108

    4 October 1943
    This mission is composed of five elements. The first element is a combined force of 104 B-17s from: 306BG (16); 92BG (17); 395BG (17); 303BG (19); 379BG (18) and 384BG (17) despatched to bomb the industrial areas of Frankfurt, Germany. 77 aircraft are...

Associated Place

  • Molesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Molesworth was one of the early stations used by the Eighth Air Force in the UK, first occupied by the 15th Bomb Squadron’s Douglas Bostons in June 1942. Built in 1940 and extended and improved in 1942, Molesworth is most associated with the 303rd...


Event Location Date
Born Bayport, Long Island, NY 26 January 1922

Son of Frank and Mary Dioquardo.

Lived in Bayport, Long Island, NY 1941

Worked as a florist pre-war; father and mother being in the florist business since emigrating from Italy circa 1915-6.

Enlisted New York City, NY 1942
Based Molesworth March 1943 – October 1943

Assigned to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF.

E/A destroyed 17 July 1943

Fw190 destroyed; 42-29754 'Shangri La' 17-Jul-43.

E/A damaged 18 July 1943

Me110 damaged; 42-29754 'Shangri La' 18-Jul-43.

E/A destroyed 16 August 1943

Fw190 destroyed; 16-Aug-43.

E/A destroyed 17 August 1943

Fw190 destroyed; 17-Aug-43.

E/A damaged 17 August 1943

Me110 destroyed; 17-Aug-43.

Lived in Bayport, Long Island, NY June 1966

Recorded resident in Bayport in Jun-66 at the time of his mothers death.

Died Bayport, Long Island, NY July 1970
Buried Saint Lawrence Martyr Roman Catholic Cemetery, Sayville, Suffolk County, NY August 1970

Father and mother buried at;

Saint Lawrence Martyr Roman Catholic Cemetery
Sayville, Suffolk County, NY


Date Contributor Update
01 July 2020 22:47:56 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Added a missing "(" for clarity.

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28 March 2020 18:36:57 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Added a "#" to all the A/C serial numbers in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

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10 March 2020 20:55:23 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, biography, awards and events

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20 February 2020 22:37:03 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Added a "#" to the A/C serial numbers in the "Summary biography" for clarity.

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21 January 2019 21:08:31 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, events, unit associations and mission associations

Date Contributor Update
15 April 2015 14:51:24 ED-BB Changes to highest rank, biography, events, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and media associations

303rd Bomb Group website :
WW II Registry

Date Contributor Update
15 April 2015 11:39:49 ED-BB Changes to surname

Wrong last name : must be Dioquardo instead of "Diquordo"

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27 September 2014 18:10:19 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / daughter /