TSGT John Paul Pastorella


TSGT John Paul Pastorella

New Haven County, Connecticut, USA
Death 24 Apr 1944 (aged 21)
Burial Derby, New Haven County, Connecticut, USA
Memorial ID 225480647 View Source
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John P Pastorella
Birth Date: 1 Jan 1923
Service Number: 11101117
Unit: 547 Bomb Sq. 384 Bomb Sp A/S Aw Corps
Enlistment Date: 22 Oct 1942
Discharge Date: 24 Apr 1944
Death Date: 24 Apr 1944
Cemetery: MT St PetersThere is a headstone for John in Pastorella family plot in Mount St Peter Catholic Cemetery in Derby. 219 New Haven Ave 06418 His Father Salvatore & Mother Josephine are buried here. Also, siblings & family members confirmed by Ray Simmons, son of Theresa Pastorella Simmons. 2020
Contributor: Karen ( Litten ) Skibinski (50272314)

547th Bomber Squadron, 384th Bomb Group (Heavy), 8th AF. The USAAF B17 bomber "Flying Fortress" named "Jean" which had a 10-member crew. 4 officers and 6 sergeant gunners. Their mission was to the Dornier Aircraft factory. Their aircraft received a direct hit to the cockpit and disintegrated over the target Operpffenhofen near Munich on April 24, 1944. Eight crew members perished when the ship exploded. The radio gunner and left waist gunner survived by parachuting out. The left waist gunner reported that two crew members were getting in their chutes and getting in position to bail as he parachuted out of the aircraft. That was the last he seen them.
Aircraft received a direct hit to the cockpit and the aircraft disintegrated and crashed at 1400 hours 500 miles southwest of Leutstellen near Starnbe. Two crew members (Gray & Gustafson) parachuted out. Two crew members (Pastorella & Olstad) were preparing to bail out but did not get out in time.
The eight perished crew members were originally buried in the POW cemetery on May 3,1944 in Furstenfeldbruck.
The Eight KIA:

Pilot: 2nd Lt. William Graham MacKichan – 0-468423 career of 13 missions from Saginaw, MI Born Oct ;1, 1929, survived by wife Evelyn. Buried in Lorraine Cemetery, St. Avold, France.

Co-Pilot: 2nd Lt. William James Hautz – 0-759451 his first mission from Wyoming, OH. Born Oct 20, 1921. Survived by wife Emma Ann Woste Hautz. Buried in Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati.

Navigator: 1st Lt. Neil Emerson Walling – 0-809777 career of 20 missions from Detroit, MI. Born Jan. 3, 1916 in Chelsea, MI to Wilder Laverne & Martha (McNaughton) Walling. Survived by wife Helen Faust Walling and daughter Carol Joan Walling.

Bombardier: 2nd Lt. John D. Lynch, Jr. – 0-676957 career of 27 missions from Indianapolis, IN. Born Nov 21, 1916 to John Daniel Sr. & Margaret (Capehart) Lynch. Married Audra June Pennington July 7, 1943. Survived by wife June. Buried in Lorraine Cemetery, St. Avold, France.

Top Turret: T/Sgt. Elroy Andrew Altendorf – 16006483 career of 20 missions from Milwaukee, WI. Born in 1916 in Milwaukee to Roy & Catherine (Nehrbass) Altendorf. Bio in Find a Grave 56356854. Survived by Mother Mrs. Catherine Altendorf. Buried in Ardennes Cemetery & Memorial in Neupre', Belgium.

Ball Turret: S/Sgt. John S. Cox – 35372745 career 19 missions from Monticello, Indiana. Born Aug 20, 1921 to Charles & Agnes (Franks) Cox. Survived by Mrs. Agnes Cox. Buried in IOOF Riverview Cemetery in Monticello, Indiana.

Tail Gunner: T/Sgt. John Paul Pastorella – 11101117 career of 27 missions from Ansonia, CT. Survived by his parents Mr. & Mrs. Salvatore & Josephine (Verzi) Pastorella. Buried in Mt. St. Peters in Ansonia, CT. Some info on Ancestry.

Right Waist Gunner: S/Sgt. Kermit Iver Olstad – 37433533 career of 27 missions from Blooming Prairie, MN. Survived by his parents Mr. & Mrs. Olaf (Lula) Olstad. Buried in Ardrennes Cemetery & Memorial in Neupre', Belgium

Bailed Out:
Radio Operator: S/Sgt. Kenneth D. Gray -39831267
Left Waist Gunner: S/Sgt. Claus Norman Gustafson -12129322

Crew bio compiled by Mary K. Peterson - March 2020. Additionally posted to FOLD3 on Ancestry.




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