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Harold P Bonnici
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Birth: Jan. 25, 1922
San Francisco
San Francisco County
California, USA
Death: Jan. 8, 1945
Grosseto
Provincia di Grosseto
Toscana, Italy

2/Lt. Harold P Bonnici. 65th Fighter Squadron, 57th Fighter Group, 12th USAAF. Killed In A Flying Accident on the 8th January 1945 aged 22.

Harold Bonnici was born in San Francisco on the 25th June 1922. He trained as a Pilot with the USAAF at Lemoore Army Air Field, California. Lt. Harold P."Skitch" Bonnici was a new pilot in the 65th Fighter Squadron. On the morning of 8th January 1945 he was at the controls of a Republic P-47D Thunderbolt (42-29315), part of a mission departing from Grosseto Airfield, Italy. His aircraft had a layer of frost on the wings which had not been removed. On take-off, with full combat load, his aircraft barely made it off the end of the 5'000 foot runway. Although airborne he was unable to gain sufficient altitude and struck an earth embankment approximately 10 feet high off the departure end of the airfield and the aircraft exploded, killing the Pilot instantly. He is buried in the Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno, San Mateo County, California. 2/Lt. Bonnici was awarded a posthumous Air Medal for his participation in an attack on Verona rail yard on the 3rd January 1945 when, despite accurate anti-aircraft fire, he successfully bombed and damaged the railway tracks, destroyed a locomotive and damaged several railroad cars... (bio by: Michel Beckers) 
 
Burial:
Golden Gate National Cemetery
San Bruno
San Mateo County
California, USA
Plot: K BLK, 162
 
Imported from: US Veteran's Affairs
Record added: Mar 04, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 3553716
Harold P Bonnici
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- Eman Bonnici
 Added: Dec. 14, 2011
Second Lieutenant and Pilot on board P-47D # 42-29315. Served with the 65th FS, 57th Fighter Group.
- Bob Markham
 Added: Mar. 27, 2010
*God Bless You Always*
- MB
 Added: Jul. 14, 2007
 
 
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