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1LT Edward O Centola

1LT Edward O Centola

Death 6 Aug 1944 (aged 19)
Hamburg, Germany
Burial Middle Village, Queens County, New York, USA
Plot Section: 46 ~ Row: S ~ Grave: 94
Memorial ID 158723800 · View Source
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Edward served as a First Lieutenant & Bombardier on B-24J "BIG DICK, Hard to hit" #42-100433, 755th Bomber Squadron, 458th Bomber Group, Heavy, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Queens County, New York prior to the war.

Edward was "Killed In Action" when his B-24 was hit by German flak and crashed in Hamburg, Germany during the war.

He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

He was originally interred in Europe and was later repatriated here on May 21, 1949.

Service # O-706697

( Bio by: Russell S. "Russ" Pickett )


Airmen who perished on B-24J #42-100433:

This B-24 was a Mission/Squadron Leader for this mission which is why the is a larger crew then normal.

Brocksieck, Alfred L ~ S/Sgt, Right Waist Gunner, OK
Carter, Charlie W ~ S/Sgt, Left Waist Gunner, SC
Centola, Edward O ~ 1st Lt, Bombardier, NY
Charles, Lorinzo D ~ S/Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner, MO
Craig, Robert A ~ 1st Lt, Pathfinder, NM
Hart, Addison E ~ T/Sgt, Radio Operator, NY
Lent, Leon B, Jr ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, D.C.
Marburger, James O ~ 1st Lt, Navigator, TX
Newcomb, Glen E ~ T/Sgt, Top Turret Gunner, MN
Vlahos, Charles ~ S/Sgt, Tail Gunneer, NY

Airmen who became POW's from B-24J #42-100433:

Chamberlain, John E Capt, Command Pilot, Michigan
Hancock, Thomas E ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, Florida

( Crew Report by: Russell S. "Russ" Pickett )


Family Members

Gravesite Details "Flat Marble Marker" - Entered the service from New York




  • Created by: Russ Pickett
  • Added: 29 Feb 2016
  • Find A Grave Memorial 158723800
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for 1LT Edward O Centola (1 Sep 1924–6 Aug 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 158723800, citing Saint John Cemetery, Middle Village, Queens County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .