Raffaele (Ralph) Gambardella

Ralph Gambardella - India
Ralph Gambardella - India
Recent Address: 29 Penn St., Hamden, CT 06514
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Family Info: Parents: Louis and Josephine; Wife: Adeline; Sons: Ronald and Dr. Ralph; Siblings: Phyllis and Albert
Hometown: Hamden, CT
Date Entered Service: January 19 1942
Service Number: 11044867
Bomb Group: 468th
Squadron:
Squadron: 793rd
Location of Unit: Kharagpur, India - April 1944
Missions Flown:
Hump Missions: Four - ground crew maintenance - China
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Awards:
Service Schools: Magneto Course, Sidney, NY 1942
MOS: MOS 685-Airplane Electrical Mechanic, Specialist
Rank Upon Discharge: Staff Sergeant
Crew Type: Ground crew
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Date Discharged: October 15, 1945
Post WWII Service:
Post WWII Civilian Occupation(s): Auto Body and Radiator Repair, Refrigeration Repairman, Southern New England Telephone Company
Thoughts About the 58th: I enlisted on January 19, 1942, to get into the Air Corps to learn to help maintain airplanes. I never had any prior experience with aircraft, but as a sheet metal worker and welding as my trade, I was able to use my knowledge. My first assignment was to weld a gas tank for a single engine observation aircraft. Later I was in charge of a sheet metal department. My superior sent me to magneto school to prepare to work on B-29s, at that time a very new ship all electronically controlled. Being stationed in Kharagpur, India, was quite an experience. Worked hard during modifications to make the aircraft what it proved to be. My greatest thrill was to see a B-29 flying back from a mission, able to land with four feathered props because of lack of gas. Unbelievable. Tinian Island was our next move. I was so proud of our B-29s and they proved themselves when they were able to end the war. Great memories, nice guys!
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(During service name was Raffaele Gambardella.)
Mr. Gambardella passed away August 28, 2007.
Ralph Gambardella - India
Ralph Gambardella - India
Ralph Gambardella, 2000
Ralph Gambardella, 2000

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