Gaetano C. Abbatiello was born in 1915 in New York. He was a resident of Westchester County and enlisted as a private in the United States Army Air Forces in the city of Jamaica, for a three year period of time on March 31, 1941. He was single, without dependents, 5'7" tall and weighed 157 lbs. In civilian life he had been employed as a barber, having completed grammar school.
Staff Sergeant Abbatiello, service number 32110918, a member of the Catholic faith, was a member of the 368th Bomber Squadron, 306th Bomber Group, Heavy. He was killed in action on May 24, 1944, and was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, and Purple Heart. He was buried at Plot B Row 10 Grave 14 at the Ardennes American Cemetery at Neupré (Neuville-en-Condroz), near Liège, Belgium.
The 368th Bomber squadron was established as a B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bomb group in early 1942. Trained under Second Air Force before deploying to England in September 1942, it became one of the first heavy bomber squadrons of the VIII Bomber Command 1st Bombardment Division. It was a highly decorated squadron during the air offensive over Nazi Germany and occupied Europe, engaging in strategic bombardment operations until the end of the war in Europe, in April 1945.
Sources: U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946; U.S. Rosters of World War II Dead, 1939-1945; and WWI, WWII, and Korean War Casualty Listings, and, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/368th_Bombardment_Squadron.
Entered the service from New York.