Allessio, Charles Joseph, 2nd Lt

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Last Rank
Second Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
M 1034-Navigator
Last AFSC Group
USAAF
Primary Unit
1944-1945, M 1034, 856th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1943 - 1945
Foreign Language(s)
Italian
Second Lieutenant

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Home State
Massachusetts
Massachusetts
Year of Birth
1922
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Pittsfield, Massachusetts
Last Address
RAF Harrington (USAAF 179), Northhamptonshire, England

Casualty Date
Mar 31, 1945
 
Cause
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Scotland (United Kingdom)
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Saint Joseph Cemetery - North Adams, Massachusetts
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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 Unit Assignments
492nd Bombardment Group, Heavy856th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1944-1945, M 1034, 492nd Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1944-1945, M 1034, 856th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater
  1944-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)
  1945-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Central Europe Campaign (1945)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-24 Liberator  
  1943-1945, B-24 Liberator2
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He was on a "Carpetbagger" mission ferrying Norwegian Special Operations soldiers to occupied Norway. On 31 March 1945, the aircraft, one of 19 on the mission, a B-24 (42-50331), was lost over the Orkney Islands, Scotland when icing and/or a fuel problem caused the aircraft to come down. The aircraft crashed in a field near Wivenoe Cottage, Walliwall, Kirkwall, Orkney, Scotland, and burst into flames. Two men parachuted, and the co-pilot (Pulrang) was the only one to survive the crash. "Carpetbagger" was a series of top secret operations. The B-24s used were modified for these special operations, and flew primarily night missions. This particular mission was Mission 919 to support Operation Rype forces in Norway. See notes for more details.
Lt. Allessio is buried in North Adams and also memorialized in Westfield, MA and Walliwall, Orkney Islands, Scotland.
   
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Sources:
https://aad.archives.gov/aad/record-detail.jsp?dt=893&mtch=1&tf=F&q=Charles+J+Allessio&bc=sl&rpp=10&pg=1&rid=2469065
http://www.801492.org/Air%20Crew/Polansky/Polansky%20Crew.html
www.801492.org/Air%20Crew/Polansky/Polansky%20Crew%20Articles.pdf
http://www.crashsiteorkney.com/b-24h-42-50331-walliwall
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=sh&GRid=5143575
http://home.ancestry.com
   
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