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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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