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October 13. 1944, killed airmen without MACR

Discussion in '464th BG - Pantanella' started by Milos, Jul 29, 2016.

  1. Milos

    Milos Member


    I looking for info on airmen who were killed on October 13. 1944, from 777bs
    I have names of three airmen:
    - Joseph Finley, 2nd lt
    - Romeo Lombardo, cpl
    - John Smallbones, cpl

    They are not listed in MACRs for October 13 listed on 464bg internet page, nor I found them on Fold3

    NMR of October 13 mission is available, and contains useful information

    On last page there is info that plane 42-78418 reported as missing, is corrected to crashed on emergency landing on island of Vis, and that all crew members were killed.
    There seems to be typo, since 42-78418 is from another BG, and on previous page 42-78415 is reported as missing. So I would presume that 42-78415 is correct serial.

    Since they crashed on allied territory, that explains why no MACR was made.

    I would like to check on correct serial, and to find out other names of crew.
  2. Airwar

    Airwar Well-Known Member

  3. Milos

    Milos Member

    Hello Airwar,
    all American airmen buried in Yugoslavia were in late 40's transferred mainly to Italy.
    On the other hand, British still have their military cemetery in Belgrade, where their fallen ones were transferred from other places in Yugoslavia.

    In documents whose links I posted you can see that those airmen were killed while trying to land on Vis island.
  4. Airwar

    Airwar Well-Known Member

  5. RSwank

    RSwank Well-Known Member

    Last edited: Jul 29, 2016
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  6. Milos

    Milos Member

    well done!

    All names are listed as being buried in Yugoslavia.
    I noticed that there are no MACR of AAIR for this plane.
  7. RSwank

    RSwank Well-Known Member

    No MACR because no one was actually missing.

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