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Angelo M. Di Camillo

Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces


751st Bomber Squadron,
457th Bomber Group, Heavy

Entered the Service from: New Jersey
Died: November 6, 1944
Buried at: Plot B Row 10 Grave 19
Ardennes American Cemetery
Neupre, Belgium
Awards: Purple Heart

Woodrow Wilson High school Yearbook Class Notes

SERGEANT ANGELO DiCAMILLO was born in 1921 to Joseph and Mary DiCamillo in Camden NJ. His father was a self-employed shoemaker, who had come to America from Italy in 1911. Angelo was the third child of six children, coming after sister Antoinette and brother Herman. 

Joseph DiCamillo had married by the time the United States became involved in World War I. He and his wife lived at 413 Viola Street in Camden's Eighth Ward, near the Church of the Sacred Heart. He worked as a reamer at the New York Shipbuilding Company shipyard through at least January of 1920 before taking up the shoemaker's trade. Another DiCamillo, Antonio, possibly a relative, was in business as a shoemaker at 1901 South 6th Street, the corner of South 6th and Viola Streets, by 1917 and through 1929. Joseph DiCamillo and his family were still living on Viola Street as late as 1924.

By 1927 Joseph DiCamillo had gone into business for himself. He had purchased a home at 742 Tulip Street in Camden NJ, and the adjoining property 2457 South 8th Street, the corner of South 8th and Tulip, which had a shop adjoining where he operated his business. A Francesco Gillionardo had lived at and conducted a shoe repair business at that address as late as 1924.

Two doors down at 738 Tulip lived the Bayruns family, their son Theodore Bayruns, also was killed during the war. Angelo DiCamillo attended Cooper B. Hatch Junior High School on Park Boulevard, and graduated in June of from Woodrow Wilson High School on Federal Street in East Camden. Other members of his graduating class included Frank J. Blair, Tom Glennon, and Teddy Yurkiewicz.

Angelo DiCamillo was killed in action while serving with the U.S. Army Air Force on November 6, 1944.
He was survived by his parents, brother Herman, a gunner on a B-29 Superfortress bomber crew in the Pacific, and his five siblings. 

The DiCamillo family lived in this home
 at 742 Tulip Street in Camden
in 1930s and 1940s


Mission Narrative

Mission No. 145
Date - November 06, 1944
Target - Harburg - Crashed nr Rotterdam
This mission to Harburg, Germany on Nov 6th 1944 was again targeting the oil producing facilities. The formation and flight to the target were without incident. After the turn on the IP, plane s/n 43-38904 left the formation. No reason could be determined as to what happened. Flak was moderate and bombs were dropped by PFF. Results were unobserved because of the thick cloud cover.
Plane s/n 43-38904, piloted by Lt Edward P. McGroarty, was hit as the group approached the IP. While there appeared to be no damage, the plane left the group and was not seen again. It was believed that the plane was a victim of flak. Eight of the crew were killed and one was a POW.

Read the German account of the crash of 43-38904 and how the residents of a small village buried the planes crew when it crashed just outside their town center."

The crew was as follows:
     Plane s/n 43-38904     
Pilot Lt Edward P. McGroarty   KIA  
Copilot Lt Robert V. Botwright   KIA  
Navigator F/O Jack J. Gray   KIA  
Toggleer Sgt Henry D. McLeroy   KIA  
Aircraft Engineer Sgt Angelo DiCamillo   KIA  
Radio Operator Sgt James R. Reddie   KIA  
Left Waist Gunner Sgt Frank T. Mueller   KIA  
Ball Turret Gunner Sgt Clyde A. Decker
Tail Gunner Sgt Raymond E. Francis   KIA  


A German account of the last days of 43-38904 and her crew.
Translated from German
The description was obtained from a German resident of the town [Boenmerwold] near where the plane crashed and is a translation from German. It gives an account of what was seen by those on the ground at the time of the crash of 43-38904.

Any words in brackets [ ] were added by the interpreter in order to try to clarify some issues.

Hello Libby Ilson, I greet you from Boehmerwold.

The report I am sending you comes from our town chronicle [archives]. Our mayor at that time was Anneus van Lessen, he kept a very exact journal, without which we would not have this report. But I will finally begin with the extract from the chronicle.

On November 6, 1944, a four engine American bomber crashed burning into the meadow here. The airplane came from an easterly direction from over the [river] Ems. It had already been shot, and received further hits from our flack, so that it broke into a [began to] crash. It buried itself deep in the ground, and then burned up. At first, it looked as if the airplane would crash into the houses here. But then it made a turn to the left. On the street there was a woman with two children, who was fetching animals from here [the town]. The woman fell unconscious. The airplane lay approximately 150m from the street. It burned until the next day.
Soon, people streamed to the crash site from all sides, by foot and by bicycle.
First the land watch (civilian auxiliary to the police) barricaded [the site], then later, military personnel from Leer (a city on the Ems) came to barricade [the site] and by evening two soldiers from Delmenhorst air base. They both came here by quarter [possibly 'to be stationed'] and stood watch during the day near the crash site.
The airplane, which had pressed into the ground from the crash, soon filled with water. One man from the [plane's] crew had rescued himself with a parachute. He found himself in the back of the piece [of land] "Schoettelboerg" (the name of a meadow.) To the question of his name, he said, "My name is Dekker." [this was Clyde A Decker, the only survivor] He did not give any further information. He only said that there had been another seven men with him in the airplane.
In the afternoon, an air force officer came from Zwischenahn [a town], also the governor came to view [the site]. 
In the evening two dead flyers, who had fallen from the airplane, were brought here with sleds from Jemgumgeise (a neighboring town.) We laid them in our cemetery.
In Jemgumgeise, different pieces of the airplane were also found. A machine gun fell through the linden trees in front of a house. Pieces of machinery lay from Jemgumgeise to the crash site. On November 7, we searched in the wreckage at the crash site for the rest of the crew under the supervision of the police. We ascertained from the remains, that at [the time of] the crash, there had been another four men in the airplane. Since from the entire crew complement of eight men [actually nine], one man had still not been found, we assumed that he was still to be found in the hole [made by the plane] at the crash site.

We brought the remains to the cemetery, and buried them with their comrades who had been found in Jemgumgeise. On November 9th, a salvage crew came, who had to clear away the rest of the airplane. The detachment was made up of thirteen men, four Germans and nine Italians. Because the detachment was short of gasoline, the rest of the airplane had to be taken to the railroad by horse drawn wagon after being bundled up.

On November 10th, it was reported that one more dead member of the crew lay in a meadow. After we contacted the police, we fetched the corpse from there with a sled. The body had imprinted itself into the earth during the impact to ground, but then flew up again, and lay next to the hole.

On November 11th, we buried him next to his comrades in a single grave. The police had searched the bodies for papers and identification tags. Two tags were found with the inscription McGroarty 0825216 Edward F.J., [he was the pilot] The other tag was apparently from an officer Henry D. McLeroy JR 344464413 T43-44cp [toggleer].
The salvage crew cleared away the wreckage from the airplane in a short time.

In the winter of 1949/50 American officers were here again, because they were still missing two men. The members [of the contingent] pressed for an explanation. A bulldozer dug up the hole again. Over the days, parts of machinery and the remains of one man appeared. The parts of the corpse were placed in a coffin in Leer and sent to America by plane.

That is the story from our side, maybe you [all] also have something to report. It would be very interesting for me, since at this time, a book about Boehmerwold is being put together, in which this story appears, but it [the book] won't be published until next year. Good luck, Libby, and pleasant greetings to Pat Davis, your Diddo Aeissen End


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