Posted By:Giorgio Pietrobon
Subject:Pilot Capt. Robert DAWSON. Looking for the CREW of a Fortress.
Post Date:May 28, 2012 at 06:30:49
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Another Bomber lost in the same Day of war of my large Research – Sunday 19 December 1943 - is the Boeing B-17F “ The Thunderbolt” , 97th Bomb Group , 342nd Bomb Squadron , M.T.O. , XV A.F. , Airport Cerignola , Pilot Capt. Robert M. Dawson , 2 K.I.A. , 8 P.O.W.
Target : Marshalling Yards of Innsbruck , Austria . Missing Air Crew Report # 1520.

Thanks to the web net I was contacted by some offspring , daughters above all , of these Crewmembers and we are working to save the Memory of Airmen that suffered sacrifices or lost their lives fighting from the Southern side of the European front.

A German fighter hit the bomber and in the nr.2 engine started the fire.
The Fortress fell in a Valley of the Suedtirol , a large territory of Italia where the People talk German language.

Here the Crew :

Pilot : Capt. ROBERT M. DAWSON 0-740762 . P.O.W.
Co-Pilot : 2nd Lt. HAROLD B. NOVAK 0-666799 . K.I.A.
Navigator : 2nd Lt. EARL B. SULLIVAN 0-682258 . K.I.A.
Bombardier : 2nd Lt. THOMAS J. McHUGH 0-670057 . P.O.W.
Engineer : S/Sgt. GEORGE F. BARTH 13044506 . P.O.W.
Radio Op. : S/Sgt. ROBERT J. DEAN 15086219 . P.O.W.
RW Gunner : Sgt. KENNETH A. SCHROLL 32142299 . P.O.W.
LW Gunner : S/Sgt. CLARENCE SOMMERFIELD 20913170 . P.O.W.
Ball T Gunner : Sgt. JOSEPH L. RADANOVIC 35389363 . P.O.W.
Rear Gunner : S/Sgt. JOSEPH A. DOBRZANSKI 13108047 . P.O.W.

I look for contacts with ALL the Families and Relatives also far for rebuild the Stories of every Airman dead or survived. I can offer pictures , info, documents , tales about this sad event.
Probably the next Year there will be a Memorial in honour of these Soldiers in the Village nearest to the crash ground that I know well.
I hope in the help of Historians & WWII Researchers that will be remembered by credits and invited to the Ceremony.
Grateful for any aid.



Giorgio Pietrobon . 1943 . Treviso . Italia .
Retired Teacher & volunteer Researcher about an only Day of air war .

I am grateful to the Friend JIM GRAHAM , Seattle , who helped me in the search of some Families of the famous B-24D “ the Sandman”. 10 KIA.
Jim was at war ‘ times Pilot of a P-38 in the 1st Fighter Group , Italy.
Past President of the 1st FG Veterans Association.
Thanks to him I could know and met this Genealogy Forum.