SSGT Louis “Louie” Pellizzer

SSGT Louis “Louie” Pellizzer

Birth
Thurber, Erath County, Texas, USA
Death 2 Jul 1944 (aged 24)
Saint-Pol-sur-Ternoise, Departement du Pas-de-Calais, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France
Burial Lemay, St. Louis County, Missouri, USA
Plot SECTION 84 SITE 387-391
Memorial ID 41836955 · View Source
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Staff Sergeant Louis Pellizzer, Army serial number 39836172, was born at Thurber, Erath County, Texas on March 15, 1920. His family called him Louie. He was the youngest of eleven children of Antonio 'Tony' Pellizzer (29 Apr 1877 – 8 Jan 1940) and Catherine (Simeoni or Semioni) Pellizzer (25 Apr 1876 – 3 Jul 1963). His parents were born in Italy; they married about 1902 and immigrated to America about 1903. In 1918 the family lived at Thurber, Erath County, Texas, where his father was a coal miner for Texas Pacific Coal and Oil Company. Thurber was a large company town at that time, and 95% of the Thurber Italians were from northern Italy.

In 1930 the family lived at 741 South Eldorado Street, San Mateo, San Mateo County, California, where his father was a cement worker. His father died in January 1940. In April 1940 the family lived at 945 South Eldorado Street, San Mateo, California. He completed one year of high school and worked as a garbage truck driver for the City of San Mateo. He was single, without dependents, when he enlisted in the U.S. Army at San Francisco, California on April 1, 1942.

He completed Army Air Forces aerial gunnery training, and was assigned as nose turret gunner on the heavy bomber crew of Lt James A. Logan. By December 1943 the Logan crew began B-24 crew training at Davis-Monthan Field in Tucson, Arizona. In January 1944 the crew was assigned to the 836th Bomb Squadron of the 487th Bomb Group at Alamogordo Army Air Base, New Mexico. There they completed B-24 crew training, and deployed with the Group to England in March 1944. The Logan crew flew B-24H 41-29520 overseas via the southern Atlantic ferry route—a journey of about 10,000 miles—and arrived in England by mid-April 1944. The 487th Bomb Group was based at Army Air Forces Station 137 near Lavenham, Suffolk, England, and was part of the 8th U.S. Army Air Force in Europe. There is a photo of the Logan crew, probably taken at Herington, Kansas during the deployment to England, that is posted on the 487th Bomb Group website. Here is the roster of the Logan crew on July 2, 1944:

B-24H 42-52609 – 836th Bomb Squadron
Logan, James A – 2/Lt – Pilot – KIA
Matika, Bruno – 2/Lt – Copilot – KIA
Doran, Harry LeRoy – 2/Lt – Navigator – POW
• Greer, George Hubert – T/Sgt – Engineer – POW
Johnson, William T – S/Sgt – Radio Operator – KIA
• Pellizzer, Louis – S/Sgt – Nose Turret Gunner – KIA
Wilson, Max W – S/Sgt – Upper Turret Gunner – KIA
Buck, Herman W – S/Sgt – Ball Turret Gunner – KIA
• Ross, John Finlay – S/Sgt – Tail Turret Gunner – POW

On July 2, 1944 the 487th Bomb Group dispatched two squadrons of B-24s to bomb the German V-weapon site near Belloy-sur-Somme, France. The Logan crew flew B-24H 42-52609 on this mission. On the return route, S/Sgt Pellizzer and five of his crew mates were killed in action when their aircraft was shot down by flak in the area of Bethune-St. Pol, France. After the aircraft was hit and on fire, Lt Logan pulled up to avoid colliding with another aircraft in the formation. The aircraft then went down in flames and crashed 3.5 kilometers west of Saint-Pol-sur-Ternoise, and 2 kilometers east of Siracourt. Three men survived and became prisoners of war.

The other five crew members who were killed were buried at Evreux, France. There is no original burial report available for Sgt Pellizzer. After the war his remains were returned to the United States and interred in a group burial with sixteen other airmen at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Saint Louis, Missouri.

Sources:
1. 487th Bomb Group Association

2. 1920 US Census; Texas; Erath County; Thurber. Pellizzer, Andorine [sic]. Feb 1920 (Antonio 'Tony' Pellizzer, his father)

3. 1930 US Census; California; San Mateo County; San Mateo; 741 South Eldorado. Pellizzer, Tony. 7 Apr 1930 (his father)

4. 1940 US Census; California; San Mateo County; San Mateo; 945 El Dorado. Pellizzer, Catherine. 9 Apr 1940 (his mother)

5. Ancestry.com
  • US City Directories, 1822–1995: Burlingame-San Mateo, California City Directories
  • Antonio Pellizzer (1877–1940) in Wallace Family Tree

6. Butte County, California Obituaries, 1866–1992. Obituary of Daniel Z. Pellizzer. 23 Oct 1990 (his brother)

7. California Birth Index, 1905–1995

8. California Death Index, 1940–1997

9. de Jong, Ivo. The History of the 487th Bomb Group (H). Paducah KY: Turner Publishing, Oct 2004

10. Enlistment Record of Louis Pellizzer

11. HQ, 359th Combat Crew Training School, Alamogordo Army Air Base, New Mexico. Special Orders Number 71. 11 Mar 1944 (487th Bomb Group flight echelon order to proceed from Alamogordo, New Mexico to Herington, Kansas during the deployment to England)

12. HQ, Davis-Monthan Field, Tucson, Arizona. Special Orders Number 1. 1 Jan 1944 (transfer of fifty heavy bomber combat crews, less navigators, from Davis-Monthan Field, Tucson, Arizona to the 487th Bomb Group at Alamogordo Army Air Base, New Mexico)

13. Social Security Death Index

14. Texas Birth Certificates, 1903–1935. 1970 amendment to 1914 birth certificate of his sister Santina Pellizzer (born 28 Aug 1914 at Thurber, Erath County, Texas)

15. Bielinski, Leo S. History of Thurber, Texas. 1999 – 2010

16. U.S. Army Air Forces Missing Air Crew Report 6770

17. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Nationwide Gravesite Locator

18. U.S. War Department. World War II Honor List of Dead and Missing Army and Army Air Forces Personnel. Washington, D.C., June 1946

19. World War I Draft Registration of Antonio Pellizzer. 12 Sep 1918 (his father)

Research by:
Paul Webber
Secretary, 487th Bomb Group Association
Find A Grave member ID 47577572


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LOUIS PELLIZZER  S SGT
JULY 2 1944
UNKNOWN
AIR CORPS

Gravesite Details Group burial with sixteen other airmen

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  • Maintained by: Paul Webber
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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for SSGT Louis “Louie” Pellizzer (15 Mar 1920–2 Jul 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 41836955, citing Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, St. Louis County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Paul Webber (contributor 47577572) .