Dorio, Louis A., Sgt

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
M 0611-Aerial Gunner
Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1945-1945, M 0611, 881st Bombardment Group, Very Heavy
Service Years
1943 - 1945

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
White Plains
Last Address
Saipan, The Marianas Islands

Casualty Date
May 24, 1945
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II
Location of Interment
Zachary Taylor National Cemetery - Louisville, Kentucky
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot E, 179

 Official Badges 

Meritorious Unit Commendation 1944-1961

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
World War II Fallen
  2014, World War II Fallen

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 Ribbon Bar

Aerial Gunner Badge

 Unit Assignments
Aerial Gunnery School500th Bombardment Group, Very Heavy881st Bombardment Group, Very Heavy
  1943-1944, Aerial Gunnery School
  1945-1945, 500th Bombardment Group, Very Heavy
  1945-1945, M 0611, 881st Bombardment Group, Very Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 Asian-Pacific Theater/Air Offensive Campaign Japan (1942-45)
  1945-1945 Asian-Pacific Theater/Western Pacific Campaign (1944-45)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-29 Superfortress  
  1944-1945, B-29 Superfortress
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
Louis A. Dorio was born April 19, 1922 in White Plains, New York. His father and mother were Italian immigrants who had come to the U.S. separately, met, and married. Louis was the 4th of 9 children. He had 4 brothers, 3 of whom served in the military during World War II, and his younger brother, who was a minor, served in the Civil Air Patrol. Louis was the only son who did not return.

He enlisted in 1943, and after basic training, attended aerial gunnery school. He completed the course, and was was assigned to the 881st Bomb Squadron of the 500th Bomb Group, located on Saipan in the Mariannas Islands group.

He was flying in the crew position of tail gunner on a mission on May 24, 1945, against the city of Tokyo and environs. After bombing the south docks which were the briefed target, the aircraft was hit by flak and eventually crashed into Tokyo Bay, with only one survivor.

After the war, human remains recovered from a grave marked "Unknown" in a Japanese military cemetery were identified as this crew. All remains were buried in a single coffin at Zachary Taylor National Cemetery. A bronze plaque, listing all 10 crew members, was placed at the head of this grave.


Sgt Louis A. Dorio was the assigned tail gunner on B-29 #42-63486, known as "Z Square 7" from the squadron organizational markings on the tail assembly.

The events of the fatal mission and of the actual shoot-down and crash are posted, along with a complete crew roster, on the Remembrance profile of Captain Eugene M. Thomas, Jr., aircraft commander, and will not be repeated here.

Missing Air Crew Report 14488 applies.

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