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LT  John A. STEFANUCCI

UNIT: 418th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: CP
SERIAL #: STATUS: FEH
MACR:

Comments1: ROCHESTER, NY

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

2ND LT   JAMES J. BOVENZI                  P FEH
F/O        JOHN A. STEFANUCCI            CP FEH
2ND LT   JAMES C. BARTLETT, JR.       NAV FEH    TAPS 3/27/89
T/SGT   LOUIS E. BERARD                 TTE FEH    
T/SGT   WILBERT H. CHRISTIANSEN     ROG FEH   TAPS 12/14/75
T/SGT   ROBERT H. DI SANDRO             NG FEH
S/SGT   DENZIL E. FERGUSON            WG FEH    TAPS 8/23/89
S/SGT   EDWARD A. GEORGE            BTG FEH
S/SGT   EDWARD J. KOCH                   TG FEH 

418th Sqdn.  Crew, as above, joined 100th Gp on 18/2/45 (18 Feb 45)

MEMO 2:

Just for some background, an old friend of mine John Stefanucci was a co-pilot in the 100th. While doing a little research I found pilot and crew information too. I'll attach that photo for perspective. Anyhow one of the crew members, many years later wrote this poem. I thought you all would find it fitting on todays special day. Thanks to all vets and enjoy the poem and pic. 

MY CREW

The queen has given up her throne; 
The eagle no more leaves her nest. 
Her silver wings are folded now. 
The flying fort has come to rest. 
But some of us can still recall 
Her fame in days that are long gone by 
When she was hailed the queen of all 
And mistress of the sky. 
I still recall the names of men 
I flew with long ago. 
There's George and Koch and Christensen; 
Berard, who engineered the show. 
Bovenzi rode the pilot's seat; 
A better man I never knew. 
And Johnny Steffenucci was a good co-pilot, too. 
Disandro was our togglelier; 
Skinner Bartlett blazed the way; 
And I just went along because 
They wouldn't let me stay. 
I wonder where the old gang went 
Since we busted up the crew. 
And do they see in dreams sometines 
Our gallant lady, too? 
In regal solitude she'd sit; 
Waiting eagerly to fly; 
Needing but our pilot's touch 
To send her hurling through the sky. 
I smile to think of how we'd joke 
At our early morning meal 
And laugh and banter just to hide 
The nervousness we'd feel. 
I seem to hear Bovenzi's voice 
As he would calmly say 
"There's bandits in the area boys 
And heading straight this way." 
And when we'd have it pretty rough 
We'd hear old Skinner's southern drawl, 
"I hope you've got your prayer book, Ferg; 
We'll likely need it in this brawl." 
Then oe'r the channel once again; 
See southward pier of Felix Stowe, 
And heave a lusty thankful sigh; 
We'd but a few more miles to go. 
We'd bring our fortress smoothly down 
Upon Thorpe Abbott's landing strip 
To wait the coming of the dawn 
While sweating out another trip. 
There were no heroes on our crew; 
Just nine flack-happy, shook up guys 
Who flew the forts to hell and back 
Through angry, flaming skies.
Written by Daniel Ferguson

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PHOTOS:

2nd Lt James Bovenzi Crew (left to right) Kneeling:  Edward A. George, Louis E. Berard, John A. Stefanucci, James J. Bovenzi
Standing: Unknown, James C. Bartlett, Jr., Denzil E. Ferguson, Edward J. Koch, Wilbert H. Christiansen, and Robert N. Disandro  Archives) 

 

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Crew 1

ID: 4953