Rudolph Tarolli

Rudolph Tarolli was the radio operator on the Eugene B. DeFilippo crew.

In a telephone conversation on August 9, 2014, Mr. Tarolli related an incidence that happened in late September/early October 1944. 

The DeFilippo crew was leading either their section or the group.  Rudolph normally was stationed in the waist and often looked out the left or port window.  For some reason, he chose to look out the right window when the plane suddenly did a violent roll to the left.  If he had been at his normal viewing position, he most likely would have been thrown out of the plane.

Meanwhile, the plane to their right did a similar violent roll to the right.

When things settled down, Rudolph heard the pilot ask the bombardier, over the intercom, if they had missed by 50 feet.  The reply was that if they had missed by 50 feet, they had missed by inches.

Apparently, another formation of B-24s had gotten lost and was heading straight at DeFilippo's section.


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My Trip to San Pancrazio

October 2019


DATES: Sep 15-18, 2022

CITY:Wichita, KS

HOTEL: Wichita Marriott

9100 Corporate Hills Dr.

Wichita, KS


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For Sale

The Other Doolittle Raid

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


Born in Battle

Bombardier's Diary

Lost Airmen