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Angelo Santandrea

Military

During World War II, he flew as a lead bombardier on B-24 bombers out of England over enemy occupied Continental Europe. While assigned to the 466th Bomb Group, 2nd Bomb Division, 8th Air Force, he completed a combat tour of 30 missions from March 22, 1944 (Berlin) to Aug. 6, 1944 (Hamburg). On his 19th mission, June 25, 1944 target was airfield/depot at Bretagne, France in the vicinity of Paris; immediately after bomb release he suffered shrapnel wounds from ground based anti-aircraft guns. He was awarded the Purple Heart on July 2, 1944. He received other citations including, Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters and the Distinguished Flying Cross. While in the service, he served as a Bombardier Instructor at Pueblo Army Air Base, Pueblo, Colo. He was honorably discharged in 1945 as a first lieutenant.

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  • 466th Bomb Group

    466th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 466th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Attlebridge, Norfolk, during the last year of the war in Europe. The Group flew 232 missions in the course of the year and celebrated the 100th one by inviting local people onto the base to mark the...

  • 786th Bomb Squadron

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Missions

  • 8th Air Force 274 LEAFLET DROP

    22 March 1944
    6 B-17s from 305BG/422BS are despatched on a night operation to drop 263 bundles (1,315,000) leaflets on Paris, France and the Dutch cities of The Hague, AMsterdam and Leeuwarden. There are no losses, claims or casualties.

  • 524

    6 August 1944

Associated Place

  • Attlebridge

    Military site : airfield
    Attlebridge was constructed for RAF use and completed to that standard in 1942. However, with news that it was to be assigned to the American Air Force, the runways were extended and additional hardstandings and outbuildings constructed for the heavy...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Newark, NJ, USA 1924
Wounded In Action Paris, France 25 June 1944
Died Long Branch, NJ, USA 29 March 2007

ANGELO "SANDY" SANTANDREA, 83, of WEST LONG BRANCH
Posted by the Asbury Park Press on 03/31/07
ANGELO "SANDY" SANTANDREA, 83, of WEST LONG BRANCH, died Thursday, March 29, at St. Barnabas Hospice and Palliative Care Center, Long Branch. He was born in Newark and lived there and in Bloomfield before moving to West Long Branch 39 years ago. He was an electronic engineer at the Electronic Command Center at Fort Monmouth for 38 years before retiring in 1995. He was a tech rep for Hughes Aircraft, Los Angeles, Calif. and traveled around the world, including Okinawa, Hong Kong and Tokyo. During World War II, he flew as a lead bombardier on B-24 bombers out of England over enemy occupied Continental Europe. While assigned to the 466th Bomb Group, 2nd Bomb Division, 8th Air Force, he completed a combat tour of 30 missions from March 22, 1944 (Berlin) to Aug. 6, 1944 (Hamburg). On his 19th mission, June 25, 1944 target was airfield/depot at Bretagne, France in the vicinity of Paris; immediately after bomb release he suffered shrapnel wounds from ground based anti-aircraft guns. He was awarded the Purple Heart on July 2, 1944. He received other citations including, Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters and the Distinguished Flying Cross. While in the service, he served as a Bombardier Instructor at Pueblo Army Air Base, Pueblo, Colo. He was honorably discharged in 1945 as a first lieutenant. He was a graduate of Barringer High School, Newark and from the Newark College of Engineering. He loved to play the guitar and the piano and sing. Mr. Santandrea was a life member of NARFE Chapter 411, life-member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, life member of VFW Post 711, Bloomfield and a communicant of St. Jerome's Roman Catholic Church, West Long Branch.

Buried Oceanport, NJ, USA 1 April 2007

Woodbine Cemetery and Mausoleum
Oceanport
Monmouth County
New Jersey, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
09 March 2020 00:05:52 Brad Sullivan Changes to service number
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NARA

Date Contributor Update
01 March 2015 23:20:05 466thHistorian Changes to nickname, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
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466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:03:44 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Unit roster in the book ATTLEBRIDGE ARSENAL by Wassom and Brassfield, page 350

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