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ttesta

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My uncle Joseph Testagrossa was a member of the 463rd Bomb Group - 773rd Squadron and on  B-17G tail number 44-6190, that was lost over the Adriatic Sea on 12/10/44.  I have the missing crew report MACR #10689, but have never found any photos of his crew or airplane, and can't seem to find much info about his time there. Some accounts have him listed in the 772nd instead of the 773rd, but most point to him being in the 773rd.

From the (few pages) of the Missing Aircraft Report, the plane was last seen over the Adriatic (see the attachment) when it was lost in the clouds returning to Celone (near Foggia) from what was apparently a scrubbed bombing mission, since it was lost at 8:30AM they must not have gone much further than this before turning to return to the base, no one really knows what happened…lost in the clouds, it could have had a mechanical malfunction or the weather was bad because one eyewitness reported they veered right away from the Squadron….hard to know what exactly might have happened since the plane was never seen again.

Anyone know anything more?

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Tom, this is Fred Oakman, nephew of Co-Pilot Emil Improta who was with your uncle Joseph Testagrossa when their B-17 44-6190 went down on 12/10/44.  Sorry I hadn't seen your post until recently, I hadn't checked it in quite a while.  

I too believe from MACR #10689 that they went down over the Adriatic on the aborted mission for unknown reasons.  My uncle flew 13 missions in 6 airplanes, with the last 3 in 44-6190 in Freschi's crew and with your uncle Joseph.  The war time Group Historian Harold Rubin had listed in his book that the 6190 went down on 12/9/44 on a mission to Regensburg, Germany.  But a picture of the honor wall in his book shows the crew MIA on 12/10/44.

I was not able to find any pictures of the crew, but did get 2 pictures of the bomber in flight. These were found and provided to me by Joel Swindlehurst 463rd historian. I also have a picture of the honor roll stone on which our uncles' names are listed near the bottom center. I have attached all 3 for you.  In the photo with 2 bombers, our ship is the top one. Hope you enjoy.  Will have to send photo 3 on separate post.

If I find anything else, I will share it with you and trust you will do likewise.  In memory of Joseph and Emil, Fred Oakman 44-6190-a.jpg  44-6283-a.jpg


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My uncle Lt. Emil Improta went down over the Adriatic Sea on 12/10/44. He was with the 463rd Bomb Group and 773rd Squadron. His B-17 was 44-6190. I would like to find a photo of his crew and ship. He was the co-pilot. Any information would be helpful. I do have the missing crew report. Thanks.
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Tom. Here is the photo of the Honor Roll with our uncles' names in the bottom center. Fred. emilshonorroll2.jpg 

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My uncle Lt. Emil Improta went down over the Adriatic Sea on 12/10/44. He was with the 463rd Bomb Group and 773rd Squadron. His B-17 was 44-6190. I would like to find a photo of his crew and ship. He was the co-pilot. Any information would be helpful. I do have the missing crew report. Thanks.
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