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  B-24J-155-CO "Tough Titti" Serial Number 44-40296  
14th AF
308th BG
375th BS

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375th BS c1945
Pilot  2nd Lt. John K. Carroll, O-2059155 (survived)
Co-Pilot  F/O James D. Carter, T-64229 (survived)
Navigator  F/O Joseph A. Mannino, T-135141 (WIA, survived)
Bombardier  2nd Lt. Billy R. Rezarch, O-2061260 (WIA, survived)
Engineer  Sgt Ivan B Ferree, 15196626 (survived)
Radio  Sgt Donald E Carpenter, 36864664 (survived)
Gunner  Sgt Edmund W Blongiewicz, 11067049 (survived)
Gunner  SSgt Robert Donkelaar, 35625036 (survived)
Gunner  Sgt Irwin R. Krasnoff, 12232023 (survived)
Gunner  Sgt Lewis C. Scelotterbeck, 31355505 (survived)
Photographer  SSgt Henry A. Sappelsa, 32403216 (WIA, survived)
Crashed  April 2, 1945
MACR  13689

Aircraft History
Built by Consolidated at San Diego. At the factory completed with an aluminum finish. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-24J-155-CO Liberator serial number 44-40296. Ferried overseas to China Burma India (CBI).

Wartime History
Assigned to the 14th Air Force, 308th Bombardment Group, 375th Bombardment Squadron. Nicknamed "Tough Titti" in red outlined in white with the nose art of a woman with blue underwear leaning on a blue pillow. Later, a shark mouth was added to the nose. When lost, engines serial number 42-64086, BP-437283, 42-92851 and BP-425413. Weapon serial numbers not noted in Missing Air Crew Report 13689 (MACR 13689).

Mission History
On April 2, 1945 took off from Cheng Tu Airfield at 5:28am on a bombing mission against the Taiyuan Railroad Repair Yards. Returning, the crew reported they were bailing out at roughly 33° 15' N 110° 00 E at 12:15.

Fates of the Crew
On April 12, 1945 the entire crew returned to duty. Two were hospitalized due to injuries: Rezarch and Sappelsa.

Chuch Mannino (son of Joseph Mannino) adds:
"My father, Joseph Mannino was a navigator on the plane when it went down. He actually recently (3 years ago, at age 90) received the Purple Heart for injuries he sustained in the bailout."

Missing Air Crew Report 13689 (MACR 13689)
Thanks to Chuch Mannino for additional information

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February 24, 2020


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