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PELLEGRINO, Mario

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PELLEGRINO, Mario

Servicenumber:

12025811

 Pellegrino_Mario


PELLEGRINO Mario MAR J 13 19 02

Age:

Not available

Born:

1921, Kings County, New York

Hometown:

Kings County, New York

Family:

Girdamo Pellegrino (father)
Patricia Pellegrino (mother)
Michael Pellegrino (brother)
Armondo Pellegrino (brother)
Assunta Pellegrino (sister)

Rank:

Staff Sergeant

Function:

Ball Turret Gunner

Regiment:

-

Battalion:

-

Division – Transport:

-

Company – Squadron:

567th Bomber Squadron

Unit – Group:

389th Bomber Group, Heavy

Plane data:
(Serialnumber, MACR, etc.)

Serialnumber: 42-100338
Type: B-24J
Destination: Gotha, Germany
Mission: Bombing of the aircraft industry
MACR: 2943

Date of death:

24 February 1944

Status:

KIA

Place of death:

Wenigentaft, Germany

Spot:

Not available

Awards:

Air Medal, Purple Heart

Gravenumber:

Plot J, Row 13, Grave 19

Cemetery:

American War Cemetery Margraten

Biography:

-

Other information:

S/Sgt Mario Pellegrino attended high school for 3 years and was a construction and maintenance painter. He joined the Air Corps of the Regular Army in New York City, New York on 3 February 1941.

Eyewitness said the aircraft was attacked and set on fire by fighters after leaving the target area, about 10 miles to the west, and then went into a spin.

Four of the crew successfully bailed out and were captured. Six were killed. Two bailed out but did not survive. The remaining members of the crew apparently perished in the fire at the rear of the aircraft.

The pilot reported that Sgt Pellegrino suffered a head wound in the fighter attack, and he was  uncertain whether the ball gunner even exited the aircraft. However, according to a German report, Pellegrino landed with his parachute and was found in a “dying condition.”


Source of information: Raf Dyckmans, Peter Schouteten, Michel Beckers, Astrid van Erp, www.389thbg.net, www.wwiimemorial.com, www.archives.gov, www.ancestry.com - 1930 Census

Photo source: Peter Schouteten, Christopher Curi

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