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2LT Michael Lawrence “Mike” Libonati, Jr

2LT Michael Lawrence “Mike” Libonati, Jr

Vacaville, Solano County, California, USA
Death 3 Jan 1943 (aged 24)
Burial Vacaville, Solano County, California, USA
Plot Block 01, Lot 150
Memorial ID 141504776 · View Source
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Information transcribed from the memorial at the scene of the crash in Baule-Escoublac (see photos included on this memorial):

8th U.S. Air Force
303rd Bombardment Group
360th Bombardment Squadron

Lt. Arthur L. Adams - Pilot
Lt. Gene A. Wittersetter - Co-pilot
Lt. Michael L. Libonati - Bombardier
Sgt. Dennis C. Hart - Mecanicien [Mechanic]
Sgt. Alfred M. Union - Radio
Sgt. Martin L. Milam - Mitrailleur [Machine gunner]
Sgt. Edward W. Durat - Mitrailleur [Machine gunner]

On Sunday the 3rd of January 1943, at noon, the U.S. bomber B 17F-41-24620
< Snap ! Crackle ! Pop! >

303th Group (360th Squadron) was hit over Saint-Nazaire by ack-ack. Then attacked by two fighters over La Baule, IT. Crashed here in Escoulbac Forest.

Above Saint-Nazaire, Lt. Libonati was killed and Sgt. Magee was ejected. He felt [sic] 6000 M. without parachute on the glass roof of the railway station. He was operated on and saved by a German doctor.

Flying over Le Pouliguen Bay, most of the crew bailed-out with parachutes. Sgt. Gordon and Lt. Herrington, having lost a leg, were caught on the beach.

Pushed by strong winds, three of the four sergeants, Durant, Milam, Union & Hart, drowned at sea and the fourth was crashed on sand.

Courgeously the pilot Adams and co-pilot Witterstetter, at the bomber's control laid down their lives ensuring that it would not crash on people of La Baule.

Michael was born in Vacaville, CA. When he completed his WWII draft registration card in 1942, he was living in Vacaville, was employed by Basic Vegetable Products in Vacaville, and his mother, Dusolina Libonati, was listed as his contact person.

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2 LIEUT. 360 A.A.F. BOMB SQ.




  • Maintained by: Dee Green
  • Originally Created by: Janet Nadol
  • Added: 18 Jan 2015
  • Find A Grave Memorial 141504776
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for 2LT Michael Lawrence “Mike” Libonati, Jr (24 Jul 1918–3 Jan 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 141504776, citing Vacaville-Elmira Cemetery, Vacaville, Solano County, California, USA ; Maintained by Dee Green (contributor 48325163) .