Joseph Taddonio Jr.

by Joseph Richard Taddonio
(Glendale AZ )

1 memento

1 memento

gunner of 515th squadron in No. Africa. much more info could be obtained from Grandson Steve Taddonio Jr. steve.taddonio@ comcast.net My father could've stayed stateside as a welder or electrician at Charleston Navy Yahd, he had graduated from Optometry college. waited til drafted then chose Army Air Corps trained as radio first in S. Dakota? then to AZ gunnery training in Kingman then Tucson on B-24's. pink plane for the Desert. he missed first Ploesti mission but there were at least 2 missions over the Alps, only credit one each, later 2! Italy, Battle over Vicenza most of outfit gone so sent to England as tail gunner. done Late June 1944, 40 missions. he had prescription sunglasses, slightly myopic. later he discovered he was the only one in combat out of friends from East Boston! I'll attempt to attach 1 photo. btw he appears in the video " 200th mission of 376th hbg" after 3:00 standing in the middle chewing gum!Optometry 40 yrs. passed away age 95+.

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by: Thomas Umphries

He was quite busy getting transferred around like he was. My father also flew out of Italy.
It sounds like he had a good life after the war and lived a long time. Thanks for sharing his story. That's a good looking memento you showed.
Gunners were in a tough spot and were responsible for keeping bad guys away. I bet he had some stories.

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My Trip to San Pancrazio

October 2019


2019 River Cruise


The 2020 reunion has been postponed to September 2021. It will be at the same hotel.

DATES: Sep 9->12, 2021

CITY:Albuquerque, NM

HOTEL: Sheraton Uptown

2600 Louisiana Blvd. NE

Albuquerque, NM 87110


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The Broken Wings of Zlatibor


The Liberandos


Three Crawford Brothers


Liberando: Reflections of a Reluctant Warrior


376th Bomb Group Mission History


The Last Liberator


Full Circle


Shadows of Wings


Ten Men, A "Flying Boxcar," and A War


I Survived Ploesti


A Measure of Life


Shot Down In Yugoslavia


Stories of My Life


Attack


Born in Battle