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Orlando E. Vincenti was born in Italy on April 16, 1920 to Enrico and Rosa Vincenti. He arrived in the United States at Boston, Massachusetts on the "Princess Matoika" with his widowed mother and brother, Armando. The US Census 1930 shows the family took up residence in Carbondale, Pennsylvania.
Vincenti enlisted as a private in the U.S. Army on March 20, 1942 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. His enlistment file states he had completed 1 year of college (unnamed), and was a semi-skilled worker in the production of metals. (The Headstone Application has the erroneous date of June, 1949 as enlistment date.)
He was assigned to the Army Air Forces, and trained as a radio operator. He also received training as an aerial gunner. He was then assigned to a crew in training. This crew deployed to England in June, 1943 as Crew #31 of the 100 th Bomb Group, and flew 21 combat missions.
On October 10, 1943, the crew flew against worker housing targets in Munster, Germany. After bombs were released, enemy aircraft attacked, killing one crew member and wounding two others. A fire erupted in the radio room, and the aircraft exploded.
Vincenti was said to have bailed out , but with his parachute on fire. He died from impact with the ground. All the crew bailed out, but Clark, and were taken prisoner. Vincenti was buried in the Lienen Cemetery/Westphalia in a "norther grave," according to German records. Later, he was retrieved and is now buried in Our Mother of Sorrows catholic Cemetery in Carbondale, Pennsylvania.
US Census 1930
Massachusetts, Passenger and Crew List, 1820-1963
Headstone Application for Military Veterans
NARA Enlistment Records
TSgt Orlando E. Vincenti was acting as radio operator and dorsal fin gunner on B-17F # 42-30725, named "Aw-R-Go," assigned to the 418th Bomb Squadron.
Missing Air Crew Report 102 was issued for this loss. Crew roster and personnel files show the crew as:
Cpt Charles B. Cruickshank p
1 Lt Glenn E. Graham c-p
Cpt Frank D. Murphy nav
1 Lt August H. Gaspar bomb
TSgt Leonard R. Weeks eng/tt gun
TSgt Orlando E. Vincenti r/o
SSgt Robert L. Bixler btg
SSgt James M. Johnson wg
SSgt Donald B. Garrison wg
Sgt Charles A. Clark tail gun
Ranks and grades as of mission date.
Clark was killed; Johnson and Bixler were wounded.
In the crew photo, Vincenti is kneeling, at left.