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Sgt George F Magnani

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Sgt George F Magnani

Birth
New York, USA
Death
30 Apr 1944 (aged 22–23)
France
Burial
Epinal, Departement des Vosges, Lorraine, France
Plot
B Row 11 Grave 15
Memorial ID
56373921 View Source

Husband of Virginia M. Magnani who resided in Elmhurst, New York.

George served as a Sergeant & Tail Gunner on B-17G #42-107012, 407th Bomber Squadron, 92nd Bomber Group, Heavy, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

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

He enlisted in the Army on March 13, 1943 in New York City, New York. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed in the manufacture of miscellaneous products and also as Single, without dependents.

George was "Killed In Action" when his B-17 was attacked by enemy aircraft, hit by flak, and crashed in Viglain, 19 miles South East of Orleans, France during the war.

He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

Service # 32863098

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Airmen who perished on this flight:

Adams, George D, Jr ~ Sgt, Left Waist Gunner, CA
Angelillo, James J ~ Sgt, Right Waist Gunner, NY
Campbell, John C ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, ND
Magnani, George F ~ Sgt, Tail Gunner, NY
Powers, William J ~ S/Sgt, Top Turret Gunner, NY
Wells, John E ~ S/Sgt, Radio Operator, IA
Werneth, Harry W ~ Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner, PA

Airmen who became POW's from this flight:
Kitt, Murray ~ 2nd Lt, Navigator, NY
Wilson, Joseph B ~ 2nd Lt, Bombardier, TX

Airman who evaded capture from this flight:
Regan, Joseph F ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, PA

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

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Additional info submitted by:
Dwight "Andy" Anderson:

He was serving as the tail gunner on a B-17G which took off from Podington, assigned to target Lyon-Bron airfield, France. They were attacked by six fighters on the return which knocked out the oxygen, completely destroyed the electrical system and caused severe damage to the cockpit. The warning system was also knocked out and the pilot went to the rear to advise the crew to bale out when the aircraft exploded. At 1245hrs the wreckage fell at Viglain, 19 miles south-east of Orleans, France. 7 KIA 2 POW 1 evaded

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Husband of Virginia M. Magnani who resided in Elmhurst, New York.

George served as a Sergeant & Tail Gunner on B-17G #42-107012, 407th Bomber Squadron, 92nd Bomber Group, Heavy, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

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

He enlisted in the Army on March 13, 1943 in New York City, New York. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed in the manufacture of miscellaneous products and also as Single, without dependents.

George was "Killed In Action" when his B-17 was attacked by enemy aircraft, hit by flak, and crashed in Viglain, 19 miles South East of Orleans, France during the war.

He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

Service # 32863098

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Airmen who perished on this flight:

Adams, George D, Jr ~ Sgt, Left Waist Gunner, CA
Angelillo, James J ~ Sgt, Right Waist Gunner, NY
Campbell, John C ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, ND
Magnani, George F ~ Sgt, Tail Gunner, NY
Powers, William J ~ S/Sgt, Top Turret Gunner, NY
Wells, John E ~ S/Sgt, Radio Operator, IA
Werneth, Harry W ~ Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner, PA

Airmen who became POW's from this flight:
Kitt, Murray ~ 2nd Lt, Navigator, NY
Wilson, Joseph B ~ 2nd Lt, Bombardier, TX

Airman who evaded capture from this flight:
Regan, Joseph F ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, PA

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

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Additional info submitted by:
Dwight "Andy" Anderson:

He was serving as the tail gunner on a B-17G which took off from Podington, assigned to target Lyon-Bron airfield, France. They were attacked by six fighters on the return which knocked out the oxygen, completely destroyed the electrical system and caused severe damage to the cockpit. The warning system was also knocked out and the pilot went to the rear to advise the crew to bale out when the aircraft exploded. At 1245hrs the wreckage fell at Viglain, 19 miles south-east of Orleans, France. 7 KIA 2 POW 1 evaded

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