SGT Christopher Dan Montagno

SGT Christopher Dan Montagno

Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Death 21 Apr 1944 (aged 21)
Burial Hillside, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Plot Veterans Section - Section 12; Block 5B; Lot --: Grave 2
Memorial ID 90940187 · View Source
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Sergeant Montagno perished in the crash-landing of U.S. Army Air Corps B-29-1-BA Superfortress #42-63357 in Karachi, India [pre-Pakistan] when the bomber experienced engine failures. Three other crewmembers were also killed. He was in the tailgunner position. (Information courtesy of Tim Cook)

Also, shootski provided:
From the diary of Dr. Yates C. Smith

April 20th 1944 (Thursday) - We arrived at Karachi, India in a terrible sand storm. Major Blackmore's plane (42 6357) was due to land in front of us. We were all running low on fuel. There were no electronic approach systems available as there are today. Everyone was having difficulty finding the runway. Blackmore's plane crashed just before we landed. His plane slid on the ground, and into a British barracks killing some of the soldiers inside. This was the second B-29 crew in our squadron to crash with a loss of life.

Killed in this plane were:

Maj. Ernest L. Blackmore, Pilot
Lt. Richard I. McChesney, Navigator Bombardier
Lt. Paul W. Endlich, Flight Engineer
Sgt. Christopher D. Montagno, Tail Gunner
Sgt. William G. Lester, Gunner




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  • Created by: Thomas Lenz
  • Added: 29 May 2012
  • Find a Grave Memorial 90940187
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for SGT Christopher Dan Montagno (13 Mar 1923–21 Apr 1944), Find a Grave Memorial no. 90940187, citing Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery, Hillside, Cook County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Thomas Lenz (contributor 47303571) .