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Joseph Mangano

This is my original crew. All with the exception of one ( second from right, bottom row ) were 32nd squadron members. Photo was taken just before we shipped to Casablanca, Africa. November 1943 ? Back row starting from the left. William Epps, Pilot, Lyman Whitney, co-pilot, Robert Sullivan, Navigator, Tompkins, Bombardier Do not remember his first name as I lost my crew list. Bottom row starting from the left. John Wheeler, Engineer, Alfoso Chavez, Waist gunner, Robert ? Radioman, Thomas Wages, Waist gunner, Herb Lewis, Tail Gunner, was taken ill just before we shipped out. Joseph Mangano, Armament. Was to be a waist gunner but I volunteered to be a ball turret gunner and as a result flew with random crews as there was a need for ball turret gunners.

Flew my first mission January 17, 1944 and completed my 50th credits ( 37 actual sorties ) May 12 1944. Epps and I met several times after the war. He died at age 48 from a heart ailment. I corresponded with Whitney until he died several years ago. I have not been able to locate Sullivan ( photo of he and I on landing after my lst mission to follow ) or Robert Wheeler and I kept in touch and had a few visits. Passed away several years ago.

Talked to Chavez several times by phone. Did have a visit from Wages a few years ago. He died shortly after a visit.

Doug Moore, the pilot on our March 22, 1944 Verona mission and ditching, call each other every March 22 and give thanks for having been spared.

I made it to 84 last month (April) and do give thanks and pray for all the others who gave their all.

I was the ball turret gunner on a 32nd Sqd. B-17. We were shot down over Verona, Italy March 22, 1944. We ditched several miles off shore in the Adriatic Sea. A Naval vessel picked us up late that night and put us ashore. A little hazy on the details but we all made it back to our squadron, Foggia, Italy. Guess what?. My next mission March 28, was back to Verona. I was not a happy camper but the Lord took care of me and I was able to complete my credited 50 missions by May 12, 1944. I have been in touch with our pilot, Doug Moore, living in California. Former Staff Sergeant, Joseph Mangano, One Main Street, Hermitage, PA


Sullivan met me at the plane on my last mission.


On leave at home after my missions and by coincidence my cousin was on leave having completed his 25 with the 8th. As I had a Presidential Unit Citation the PR asked us to meet with Mrs. Roosevelt at a USO.


Joseph Mangano

S/Sgt. Joseph N Mangano was assigned to the 301st BG 32nd Squadron.
Military Occupational Specialty (MOS): Ball Turret gunner.


This is my original crew. All with the exception of one ( second from right, bottom row ) were 32nd squadron members. Photo was taken just before we shipped to Casablanca, Africa. November 1943 ? Back row starting from the left. William Epps, Pilot, Lyman Whitney, co-pilot, Robert Sullivan, Navigator, Tompkins, Bombardier Do not remember his first name as I lost my crew list. Bottom row starting from the left. John Wheeler, Engineer, Alfoso Chavez, Waist gunner, Robert ? Radioman, Thomas Wages, Waist gunner, Herb Lewis, Tail Gunner, was taken ill just before we shipped out. Joseph Mangano, Armament. Was to be a waist gunner but I volunteered to be a ball turret gunner and as a result flew with random crews as there was a need for ball turret gunners.

I was the ball turret gunner on a 32nd Sqd. B-17. We were shot down over Verona, Italy March 22, 1944. We ditched several miles off shore in the Adriatic Sea. A Naval vessel picked us up late that night and put us ashore. A little hazy on the details but we all made it back to our squadron, Foggia, Italy. Guess what?. My next mission March 28, was back to Verona. I was not a happy camper but the Lord took care of me and I was able to complete my credited 50 missions by May 12, 1944. I have been in touch with our pilot, Doug Moore, living in California. Former Staff Sergeant, Joseph Mangano, One Main Street, Hermitage, PA


Sullivan met me at the plane on my last mission.


On leave at home after my missions and by coincidence my cousin was on leave having completed his 25 with the 8th. As I had a Presidential Unit Citation the PR asked us to meet with Mrs. Roosevelt at a USO.

The following information on Joseph Mangano is gathered and extracted from military records. We have many documents and copies of documents, including military award documents. It is from these documents that we have found this information on S/Sgt. Mangano. These serviceman's records are nowhere near complete and we are always looking for more material. If you can help add to Joseph Mangano's military record please contact us.

  Rank General Order Date Notes Award Ribbon & Device

Joseph Mangano

S/Sgt

451

05/14/1944

 

AM/4OLC

Air Medal (AM) Oak Leaf Cluster (OLC)

Joseph Mangano

S/Sgt

452

05/14/1944

 

AM/5OLC

Air Medal (AM) Oak Leaf Cluster (OLC)

Joseph Mangano

S/Sgt

1165

06/19/1944

 

AM/6OLC

Air Medal (AM) Oak Leaf Cluster (OLC)

25-Feb-44 PUC

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