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William A Marangello


He was the son of William and Katherine Marangello.

Marangello was a pilot with the 8th Fighter Command, 56th Fighter Group, 61st Fighter Squadron. He was piloting P-47C #41-6337 from Halesworth airfield in England on a bomber escort mission against targets around Lorient France. They were about twenty miles south of the Isle of Jersey on the outbound flight when Marangello's plane was seen to go out of control and dived from 30,000 feet. Attempts to contact him via radio were unsuccessful. It's believed an oxygen failure caused him to lose consciousness.

Because his body was never recovered, his name is inscribed on the Wall of the Missing.

He received the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters and the Purple Heart.


Units served with

  • 56th Fighter Group

    56th Fighter Group

    Flying P-47 Thunderbolts throughout their time stationed in England, the Group, known as "the Wolfpack", had more ace pilots than any other Eighth Air Force Fighter Group. The 56th Fighter Group also destroyed more enemy aircraft in air combat than any...

  • 61st Fighter Squadron


  • 44-16357

    P-51 Mustang

  • 41-6337 'Snow White'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 61FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Lt Col Leslie C Smith. Re-assigned to Lt Eugene E Barnum Jr. Re-assigned to Lt Joseph R Curtis. Failed to Return (FTR) ramrod to Lorient. Pitched up out of formation and ended in a spin, possible...


Event Location Date
Born New Jersey, USA 1916
Killed in Action (KIA) France 31 December 1943
Buried Brittany American Cemetery and Memorial 31 December 1943
Killed in Action (KIA)


Date Contributor Update
08 July 2020 09:56:31 Michelbe Changes to biography, awards and events


Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:27:37 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 1861 / MACR 1861/losses of the 8th & 9th / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list