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Gaetano Clement Abbatiello

Military

S/Sgt Gaetano C "Tommy" Abbatiello was the son of James Abbatiello and Lucia Grimaldo. His father owned a barber shop on Lake Avenue in Yonkers and Tommy worked there while taking flying lessons as a civilian. He received his pilot's license in 1940. He earned the neighborhood nickname "The Flying Barber of Lake Ave".

Shot down 24 May 1944 in B-17 #42-32113, Killed in Action (KIA).
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Service

Units served with

  • 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    Group
    Constituted as 306th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 28 Jan 1942. Activated on 1 Mar 1942. Trained for combat with B-17's. Moved to England, Aug-Sep 1942, and assigned to Eighth AF Eighth Air Force in September 1942 Station 111 Thurleigh. During combat,...

  • 368th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-32113

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 24/1/44; Gr Island 6/2/44; Grenier 23/2/44; Assigned 368BS/306BG [BO-G] Thurleigh 12/3/44; Missing in Action Berlin 24/5/44 with Bob Ehrler, Co-pilot: Alden Maynes, Navigator: John James, Bombardier: Burton Gustafson, Flight engineer...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Yonkers, New York, USA 2 January 1915

Parents: James Abbattiello and Lucia Abbattiello née Grimaldo

Enlisted Jamaica, Queens, NY, USA 31 March 1941
Died Germany 24 May 1944 – 24 May 1944

Killed in Action

Buried Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial

Ardennes American Cemetery
Plot B Row 10 Grave 14

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
01 May 2021 22:56:21 acbernstein1 Changes to surname
Sources

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56356802/gaetano-clement-abbatiello

Date Contributor Update
01 May 2021 22:52:56 acbernstein1 Changes to middlename, nickname, biography and events
Sources

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56356802/gaetano-clement-abbatiello; honorstates.com (Abbattiello Memorial Page)

Date Contributor Update
21 May 2020 19:03:46 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
21 November 2014 16:25:57 Deemax Changes to events
Sources

Ancestry.com. U.S., Headstone and Interment Records for U.S. Military Cemeteries on Foreign Soil, 1942-1949 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014.
Original data:
Headstone Inscription and Interment Records for U.S. Military Cemeteries on Foreign Soil, 1942–1949. Series A1 43, NAI ID: 7408555. Records of the American Battle Monuments Commission, 1918–ca. 1995. Record Group 117. The National Archives at Washington, D.C.

Date Contributor Update
21 November 2014 16:11:00 Deemax Changes to events
Sources

National Archives and Records Administration. U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005.
Original data: Electronic Army Serial Number Merged File, 1938-1946 [Archival Database]; ARC: 1263923. World War II Army Enlistment Records; Records of the National Archives and Records Administration, Record Group 64; National Archives at College Park. College Park, Maryland, U.S.A.

Date Contributor Update
21 November 2014 15:40:02 Deemax Changes to awards
Sources

American Battle Monuments Commission

Date Contributor Update
21 November 2014 15:36:25 Deemax Changes to service number
Sources

American Battle Monuments Commission

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:10:33 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 4952 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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