Amiero, Albert F., 1st Lt

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1091-Pilot, B-17
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1944-1944, AAF MOS 1091, 349th Bomb Squadron
Service Years
1942 - 1944
First Lieutenant

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Home State
Florida
Florida
Year of Birth
Not Specified
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Tampa
Last Address
349th Bomb Squadron
Thorpe-Abbots, United Kingdom

Casualty Date
Mar 06, 1944
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Germany
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Ardennes, Belgium
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot D, Row 11, Grave 7

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 Unit Assignments
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)100th Bombardment Group, Heavy349th Bomb Squadron
  1942-1943, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1944-1944, AAF MOS 1091, 100th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1944-1944, AAF MOS 1091, 349th Bomb Squadron
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1943-1944, B-17 Flying Fortress
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Last Known Activity
Albert F. Amiero was born in August, 1918 in Tampa, Florida. His parents were Adalberto F. and Ella Puffpaff Amiero. The US Census 1920 lists the family in Tampa, Florida.

No enlistment data has been located for Amiero, but given rank, training, and assignments, 1942 as an entry date is an assumptive choice. Sources state he entered from Illinois. He was trained as a pilot, and then transitioned into multi-engine aircraft. He was assigned to the newly-organized 100th Bomb Group, and given a crew for training. The crew trained in such diverse locations as Idaho, Utah, Texas, and Tennessee. The crew picked up a new B-17 and ferried it to England, arriving there on February 4, 1944.

Amiero was suffering in health, and all the original officers in the crew were transferred to other squadrons or duties. Any crew that came together for missions was a "pick-up" crew that included any spare officers or gunners. When he returned to duty from the hospital, Amiero, with new officers and a few original gunners flew at least 20 missions.

On March 6, 1944, the aircraft, Amiero, and a crew hastily-assembled, were to bomb the industrial complex outside Berlin, Germany. Over the target, the formation was attacked by numerous German aircraft. Raked by machine gun and cannon fire, the aircraft was severely damaged. The tail gunner was mortally wounded, and pulled from his position by other gunners. One of them volunteered to man the tail gun position.

A vicious explosion racked the crippled aircraft, and the tail assembly fell off. The new tail gunner "fluttered" to earth in his position. The Germans pulled him from the wreckage, alive but with severe injuries. He was in a hospital for almost a year before he was sent to a POW camp. He was the only survivor.

The dead were recovered from the wreckage which fell near Uptloh, Germany. Evidently, they were buried locally, because after the war ended, they were retrieved and moved to other cemeteries. Lt Amiero now lies in the Ardennes American Cemetery in Belgium in Plot D, Row 11, Grave 7.


www.findagrave.com
www.abmc.gov
www.ancestry.com
www.fieldsofhonor-database.com/index
www.honorstates.org/index
www.americanbattlegraves.com/index
U Census 1920

  

Comments/Citation
Lt Albert F. Amiero was performing duty as First Pilot on B-17G # 42-31731, unnamed, assigned to the 349th Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report 3019 applies to this loss. Crew rosters and mission logs show the crew aboard as:

1 Lt Albert F. Amiero  p
F/O Howard L. Kilmer  c-p
2 Lt Albert P. Rule  nav
SSgt Thomas S. Elliott  togg
TSgt Russell G. Gilbert  eng/tt gun
TSgt John J. Kovacs  r/o
SSgt Virgil F. Summers  btg
SSgt Hobart H. Spires  wg
SSgt Owen D, Stockton  wg
SSgt Thomas D. Baer  tail gun

Ranks and grades as of mission date. Sources state Amiero was promoted to Captain, but no confirmation has been found. (Headstone states 1 Lt.)

SSgt Stockton was the only survivor.

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