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TSGT Salvatore A Cannata

TSGT Salvatore A Cannata

Death 5 May 1944 (aged 35–36)
Burial Lemay, St. Louis County, Missouri, USA
Plot SECTION 84 SITE 108-110
Memorial ID 41102852 · View Source
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Husband of Nellie F. Cannata who resided in West Hartford, Connecticut.

Salvatore served as an Technical Sergeant & Radio Operator on B-24H #42-64499, 745th Bomber Squadron, 456th Bomber Group, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Hartford County, Connecticut prior to the war.

Salvatore was promoted to the rank of Technical Sergeant on May 1, 1944.

B-24H #42-64499 took off from Stornara, Italy on a bombing mission over Ploesti, Romania.

A B-24 that was ahead of them in formation was heavily damaged and the crew of that B-24 were given the order to bale-out.

One of the airmen from that crew, when he bailed out, struck the wing of B-24H #42-64499 and it sheared off approximately 8 foot of the wing causing them to crash near Ploesti with a loss of the entire crew during the war.

Salvatore was "Killed In Action" in this crash.

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

He was originally interred overseas and was later repatriated here on May 11, 1950.

Service # 31312255

The reason he is named on a group headstone is because when soldier's were killed in close proximity to each other they were unable, at that time, to identify them separately and interred their remains together in one grave.

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Airmen who perished on B-24H #42-64499:

Botello, Francis L ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, CA
Bunch, Leonard E ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, CA
Cannata, Salvatore A ~ T/Sgt, Radio Operator, CT
Carter, Charles V ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, IL
Ellzey, Arlis C ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, TX
Kuntz, Henry G ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, NY
Orwig, Paul G ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, IN
Peterson, Lawrence E ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, CO
Phelps, George H ~ 2nd Lt, Bombardier, OR
Wilos, Albert A ~ 2nd Lt, Navigator, PA

Bio & Crew Report by:
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett

Special thanks to:
ShaneO for submitting this record for bio updates!







  • Maintained by: Russ Pickett
  • Originally Created by: ShaneO
  • Added: 24 Aug 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 41102852
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for TSGT Salvatore A Cannata (1908–5 May 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 41102852, citing Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, St. Louis County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .