Early May, 1944. 1st Lieutenant Ralph Giovanniello in his P-40 Warhawk and Captain Bob Johnson piloting his A-36 Apache, both from the 27th Fighter Bomber Group, overfly the ruined town of Monte Cassino (Italy) after attacking German defensive positions atop Monastery Hill. Below, British and American tanks prepare for the final assault.
TWENTY-EIGHT co-signatures of 27th FG pilots, including
- Captain Robert M Johnson trained in Mississippi at Camp Kilmer before being sent overseas to Oran in May. 1943. He joined the 27th. F.G. Group in Gela, Sicily in August. 1943. He then flew from bases at San Antonio on the north Sicilian coast, then to Salerno for the invasion. After the Anzio invasion, he flew plenty of missions in his A-36 Apache (‘Pat’) for ground support. He also flew a number of missions again the Abbey’ atop the hill, at which time he was a Captain and Flight Leader. During June of 1944 his Group often bombed roads, traffic, bridges and tanks, then strafed targets on the way back to base. Robert flew a total of 94 missions between August 1943 and July 1. 1944. He flew the A-36, P-40, P-47 and B-24. He was credited with one FW-190 at the Salerno beach head, and was awarded the DFC, Air Medal with Seven O.L.C.’s. The Group received two Presidential Citations.
- 1st Lieutenant Ralph Giocanniello was born in Asbury Park, New Jerseys first generation of Italian immigrants. After enlisting in the Air Corps in 1941 he was shipped to Africa with the 2 7th. Fighter Bomber Group and flew missions over Sicily. Salerno, Naples, Anzio and Monte Cassino. On June 6, 1945, he was shot down in his P-40 (‘Gibroni’) north of Rome near Lago Bracciano while on his 44th. mission. A POW for one year, ‘Tex’ Giovanniello was liberated by General Patton’s troops from Stalag A in Mooseberg, Germany.
- 2nd Lieutenant Charles B. Waddell is from Brooklyn, New York. He joined the 2 7th. Fighter-Bomber Group as a 2nd. Lieutenant in January 1944. He flew both the A-36 Apache and the P-40 Warhawk in sorties against enemy positions at Monte Cassino from bases at Pomighiano, Castel Volturno, and Santa Maria in Italy. He took part in 115 missions as the fighting moved to Northern Italy and Southern France. He was awarded the DFC Air Medal with Clusters, and the Presidential Unit Citation with three Clusters. After the war, he was with the New Jersey National Guard. Charles retired with the rank of Major.
- 2nd Lieutenant Q.S. KinCannon is from Waco, Texas. While with the 2 7th. Fighter Bomber Group, he flew 105 missions and racked up an impressive score against trucks and trains. He was later promoted to Captain and as a flight leader, he led an attack against a heavily defended tank repair factory outside Rome in March of 1944 that left a column of smoke 10,000 feet high. He was awarded the DFC.
- 1st Lieutenant Leslie B. Traughber began his military career in the Medical Detachment of the National Guard from Jackson, Tennessee. After Pearl Harbor he entered the Air Force and took combat training in the A-36 Apache in Hillsboro Field, Florida. During his tour of duty he was heavily engaged in strafing the enemy in and around Monte Cassino, and was shot down on his 36th mission but returned to his squadron and completed 113 missions in the A-36 and P-40 aircraft. He became a flight leader and was awarded the DFC Air Medal with 4 OLC’s and is authorized to wear a Presidential Unit Citation with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters.
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