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William J DeBlasio

Military

Mentioned in the book "Flying Fortress" on page 199 by Edward Jablonski.

Service

Units served with

  • 100th Bomb Group

    100th Bomb Group

    Group
    "The Bloody Hundredth", so-called because of a reputation for losing a high number aircraft and crews, flew B-17s from Thorpe Abbotts, Norfolk. Their losses were not the highest of any Eighth Air Force Group but on several occasions the Group lost many...

  • 418th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-31504 "ROSIE'S RIVETERS"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 13/11/43; Kearney 28/11/43; Romulus 5/12/43; Presque Is 8/12/43; Assigned 350BS/100BG (LN-Q) Thorpe Abbotts 16/12/43; transferred 418BS [LD-E]; Missing in Action Brux 12/5/44 with Alex Kinder, Co-pilot: Theo Schmuck, Navigator: Dale...

Events

Event Location Date
Born 1924
Died 12 August 2001
Buried Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA

Unity Cemetery

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 August 2020 19:23:56 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Added comment in the "Summary biography" noting William's mention in the book "Flying Fortress".

Date Contributor Update
07 August 2020 19:19:39 jmoore43 Changes to highest rank, biography and events
Sources

Added Born, Died and Buried events per Find-a-grave Memorial ID 119438996.
Source: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/119438996/william-j-deblasio

Added rank per info on the 100th BG website about Pilot Robert Rosenthal and his crew members. Source: https://100thbg.com/index.php?option=com_bombgrp&view=personnel&id=4475&...

Date Contributor Update
07 August 2020 16:54:24 jmoore43 Changes to aircraft associations
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Added a connection to A/C #42-31504 per info on the 100th BG website about Pilot Robert Rosenthal and his crew members.

Date Contributor Update
01 April 2020 21:08:44 jmoore43 Changes to unit associations
Sources

Added a connection to the 100th BG.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:28:16 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

100th Bomb Group Foundation Directory, 2000 - 2001 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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