Julius P.Lewis ,the navigator of the Black Maria II

by Gerardo Ciccone

The Pen

The Pen

Dear Sirs, my name is Gerardo Ciccone, I am Italian and I am 55 years old. I'd like to briefly explane the reason of this mail.
When I was 9 years old, my father gave me a Parker mechanical pencil, with a graven name,
given to him by his father in 1943.
My grandfather found this pen in the woods near his home.
My father told me that, when he was 13 years old, an American plane was shot down and fell not far from their farm; few days later my grandfather found a burnt jacket with this Parker in hits pocket.
Ever since I was a little boy I always wanted to give back the pen to the family of the soldier who died. Many years ago, I was maybe 16, I contacted the US Consulate in Naples to try to find out how to get informations about the soldier's family. Probably the few informations I had and my little experience were not enough to let them give me an answer.
Today, thanks to my father (87-years-old), and internet information, I'm able to say which plane crashed that time.
The name incised on the pen is J.P.LEWIS.T
The plane crashed was the BLACK MARIA II DATE : JANUARY 11, 1943 LOCATION: LIONI - According to the internet information JULIUS P. LEWIS was the navigator of that plane. I would be very grateful to anyone if can help me to find the family of J.P. LEWIS. For any further information, please, don't hesitate to contact me.
Yours faithfully,
Gerardo Ciccone

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