1Lt Joseph Ciaramella

1Lt Joseph Ciaramella

Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 30 Jul 1944 (aged 22)
Memorial Site* Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines

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Having actually gone "Missing" on the above date, he was not officially declared by the military as being dead until February 15, 1946.

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Joseph served as a Second Lieutenant & Navigator / Bombardier on B-25D #41-30058, 499th Bomber Squadron, 345th Bomber Group, Medium, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on October 1, 1940, prior to the war, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed in the production of beverages and also as Single, without dependents.

B-25D #41-30058 took off, with a crew of 6, from Mokmer Airfield, Papua Province, Indonesia on a barge sweep mission over the Sorong area, province of West Papua, eastern Indonesia.

They were last seen on this sweep but never returned to base. The entire crew of 6 were lost on this mission during the war.

Joseph was declared "Missing In Action" on this mission.

He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

Service # O-682069

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Airmen who perished on B-25D #41-30058:

Anuta, Russell E ~ S/Sgt, Radio Operator, CA
Bennett, Frederick E, Jr ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, NY
Ciaramella, Joseph ~ 2nd Lt, Bmb/Nav, PA
Goebel, Victor J ~ S/Sgt, Engineer, TX
Grice, John C ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, IN
Hotz, Robert R ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, NY

( Bio & Crew Report by: Russ Pickett )


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  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 56767007
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 1Lt Joseph Ciaramella (4 Feb 1922–30 Jul 1944), Find a Grave Memorial no. 56767007, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by War Graves (contributor 6) .