SSgt Alfred A Podesta

SSgt Alfred A Podesta

Birth
New Jersey, USA
Death 17 Aug 1943 (aged 27–28)
East Sepik, Papua New Guinea
Memorial Site* Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines

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Son of Frank Podesta who resided in Brooklyn, New York.

Alfred served as a Staff Sergeant & Gunner on B-24D "Yanks From Hell" #41-23716, 321st Bomber Squadron, 90th Bomber Group, Heavy, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

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

He enlisted in the Army on June 20, 1942 at Fort Jay, Governor's Island, New York. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Driver and also as Single, without dependents.

B-24D #41-23716 took off, with 23 other B-24's, from 5-Mile Drome (Wards - APO #713) near Port Moresby on a night bombing mission over Boram Airfield near Wewak, Papua New Guinea. They were hit & shot down by "intense" ground anti-aircraft fire and crashed at Cape Boram.

Alfred was declared "Missing In Action" in this crash during the war.

He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

Service # 32357566

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Airmen who perished on B-24D #41-23716:

Adams, Rupert W ~ M/Sgt, Passenger, AL
Casale, Joseph M ~ 2nd Lt, Pilot, NJ
Dodson, Richard T ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, CA
Eaton, Jack W ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, WA
George, Jason V, Jr ~ 2nd Lt, Navigator, SC
Jordan, Oscar R ~ T/Sgt, Engineer, NC
Kane, Valentine B, Jr ~ 2nd Lt, Bombardier, NJ
Manson, Harry M ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, MA
Meding, Edward S ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, OH
Podesta, Alfred A ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, NY
St Jeor, Raymond L ~ T/Sgt, Radio Operator, ID

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On this same mission B-24D "Twin Nifty's" #42-40348 was also lost. For more on that crew see:

Freas, Charles R ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, PA

( Bio & Crew Report by: Russ Pickett )

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  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 56753225
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for SSgt Alfred A Podesta (1915–17 Aug 1943), Find a Grave Memorial no. 56753225, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by War Graves (contributor 6) .