Ambrosini, Harry J., TSgt

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Last Rank
Technical Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 748-Airplane Mechanic-Gunner, Flight Engineer
Last AFSC Group
Air Crew (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1943-1944, AAF MOS 748, 715th Bombardment Group, Heavy
Service Years
1941 - 1944
USAAFEnlisted Collar Insignia
Technical Sergeant

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
RAF Station 146, Seething, England

Casualty Date
Apr 29, 1944
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II
Location of Interment
Pedesker Church Cemetery - Pedesker, Denmark
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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Flight Engineer Badge
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
United States Army Air Corps (USAAC)Formal Schools and Training Courses448th Bombardment Group, Heavy715th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1941-1941, United States Army Air Corps (USAAC)
  1942-1942, Basic Flight Engineer Course
  1943-1943, 448th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1943-1944, AAF MOS 748, 715th Bombardment Group, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-24 Liberator  
  1943-1944, B-24 Liberator
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
Harry J. Ambrosini was born in Fresno, California on January 27, 1920. His NARA enlistment record states he had completed 4 years of high school and was employed as a farm hand when he enlisted as a private in the Army Air Corps on October 8, 1941.

After basic training, he was selected to attend mechanics school, and soon underwent the necessary training to become a flight engineer. He also graduated from the aerial gunnery course of instruction. He received intensive training as a combat crew member on the B-24 type aircraft.

In late 1943, the combat crew to which he was assigned was deployed to England as a replacement crew. The crew was assigned to the 448th Bomb Group at Seething RAF Station 146, and later was sent to the 715th Bomb Squadron there.

On April 29, 1944, while on a mission to bomb German war facilities at Berlin, Germany, the B-24 Ambrosini was on received several hits from flak shells on the bomb run. Three engines were knocked out, the nose turret was put out of commission, and the tail assembly badly damaged. The pilot was determined to see if he could make the return trip, but began losing altitude rapidly. The bomb bay doors were cranked open by hand as they were damaged, the pilot alerted the crew for bail out over the Danish island of Bornholm, and all 10 crew members left the aircraft.

Sgt Ambrosini's parachute did not open, and he was killed upon impacting the ground. All others survived the jump. Three were captured by the Germans, but with the assistance of Danes, the other six eventually received false identification which allowed them to escape to Sweden and eventually return to England.

Sgt Ambrosini's body was recovered and buried by the local priest and an honor guard of German troops on May 2, 1944, in the Pedersker Cemetery. Danes were not allowed at the service, but as soon as the Germans departed, the Danes covered the grave with flowers. Later, they erected a headstone. Sgt Ambrosini is still buried there.
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TSgt Harry J. Ambrosini was filling the crew position of flight engineer and top turret gunner on B-24H 41-29479, nicknamed "Gypsy Queen," assigned to the 715th Bomb Squadron. In various accounts (mostly Danish), this aircraft is referred to as "Gypsy Moth."

This aircraft was originally assigned to the 487th Bomb Group, 838th Bomb Squadron and subsequently transferred to the 715th Bomb Squadron in April 1944. It had been named "Big Bad Wolf," and is referred to by that name in some accounts of its loss. See aircraft photo.

Missing Air Crew Report 4488 was issued, and identifies the crew as:

2 Lt Orland T. Howard     p
F/O Thomas J. Verran    c-p
2 Lt Robert L. Bobst    nav
2 Lt Laurin M. DeRosier    bomb
TSgt Harry J. Ambrosini    eng/tt gun
TSgt Russell D. Leonard     r/o
SSgt Stanley E. Jones   nose gun
SSgt William L. Hutchins   rwg
SSgt Harold W. Nininger   lwg
Sgt Albert L. Heikkila    tail gun

F/O Verran and Sgts Jones and Nininger were the captured air crewmen.

In crew photo, Ambrosini is second from left, front row.


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