You can Search the 450th Website from here Enter Your Search Criteria and click on the Magnifying Glass

Home Page «
Contact Us «
Terms of Use «

Current Newsletter «
Film & Books «
Reunion Pictures «
Site Updates «

Main Roster «
POW's «
Escape Statements «
Cemetery Listings «
Orders «

450th History «
Missions Flown «
S2 Reports «
Pilot-Bombardier Reports «
Operational Analysis «
Navigator Logs «
Aircraft Pictures «
Accident Reports «
M.A.C. Reports «
Crew Pictures «
Ground Personnel «
Veteran's Biographies «
Unidentified Personnel «
Veteran's Stories «
Target Pictures «
Maps «
Miscellaneous Pictures «
Newspaper Articles «
47th Wing Documents «
331st Air Service «
1st C.C.U. «

Current Guest Book «
Archived Guest Book «

Search Page «
Links Page «


Sgt. Silvio A. Damato
720th Squadron

Article reproduced from

Silvio Damato of Cheshire laughs today when he recounts how he volunteered for a mission during World War II in an effort to rack up 32 missions, which would have rendered him eligible to go home.
An engineer with the 15th Air Force, drafted when he was 23 and based in Manduria, Italy, Mr. Damato was unexpectedly assigned to be the nose gunner in one of the lead B-24 bombers heading for a particularly volatile target in Europe.
When the plane began getting strafed with bullets, Mr. Damato chided himself for putting himself in such a vulnerable position. "What a stupid thing to do," he recalled saying to himself. Luck was with him, however, and the plane and crew returned to base in one piece.
The mission was one of 28 Mr. Damato completed while serving a tour of duty from 1943-1945.
All the missions were successful except for the 13th when the B-24 he was flying in was shot down in Hungary. The crew had been in the process of bombing railroad marshaling yards in Vienna when the plane was blasted by anti-aircraft. With two engines gone, the crew baled out, landing in a field where they were picked up by a farmer and taken in a horse-drawn sleigh to a Russian camp. The Russians subsequently delivered them to Bucharest, Romania, in a freight car.
Except for a sprained ankle, Mr. Damato got through the episode unscathed.

Information courtesy of Jamie Damato, granddaughter of Silvio Damato

Link To Crew Information

Link To Escape Statement

If any information is being used out of context or if you would like to use some of this information, please contact the Webmaster

Terms of Use and Disclaimer Statement

Copyright 1999 - 2024, Mark Worthington & the 450th Bomb Group Memorial Association