Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 340th Bomb Group
George wrote a book about his war time experience: “Georgio Italiano” ISBN 1-55212-538-6
The 12th Air Force was established in the USA during the Second World War to provide the Army Air Force component of Operation Torch (the invasion of French North Africa) in 1942. The Air Force initially moved to England for training before...
Activated on 20 August 1942. The 340th. Bombardment Group trained with B-25's for duty overseas. They arrived in the Mediterranean theater in March 1943. Assigned first to the Ninth Air Force and later (in August 1943) to the Twelfth. Served in combat...
Named for McKinley Junior High School in Muncie, Indiana, whose students had raised $200,000 to "buy a bomber."
Military site : airfield
|Born||Coatesville, PA||16 May 1918|
|Lived in||Coatesville, PA||16 October 1940|
631 Olive Street
|Enlisted||Philadelphia, PA||19 November 1942|
|Shot Down/Evaded||near Gricigliana Railroad Bridge, Italy||22 June 1944|
His a/c took a direct flak hit, that killed the pilot. He was able to keep the plane under control long enough to give the remaining crew a chance to bail out. Unfortunately two were already dead, one bailed out and was never seen again and one bailed out on fire and did not open his parachute. George and the bombardier were able to make it safely to the ground. After evading for several weeks he was able to return to Allied lines.
|Lived in||Parkesburg, PA||1950|
|Died||11 June 1990|
|Buried||Coatesville, PA||14 June 1990|
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