1/Lt. Anthony L. Piscitelli

(F. Birtciel)

1/Lt. Anthony L. Piscitelli

343rd FS - 11 January 1944 - 10 April 1944 (Killed in Action)

Assigned Aircraft

P-38J CY-B 42-67866

Mission History

Not Known

Mission List

Not Known

Air Scores
Ground Scores
Notes Entered service from Brooklyn, New York.
ASN - O-753724
11 January 1944 - Joined the 343rd Fighter Squadron
01 March 1944 - Appointed Squadron Oxygen Officer
March 1944 - Promoted from 2nd Lieutenant to 1st Lieutenant
10 April 1944 - Killed in Action
MACR No. 03725
The Group had been on its first Droop Snoot mission and finished up by strafing Coulommiers Airdrome, 40km. east of Paris.  2/Lt. Ralph S. Seely reported: "On April 10th 1944, from 20,000 feet altitude, north east of the field, Col. Jenkins, Lt. Piscitelli and myself went into a steep spiral down to the deck. We approached the field from the north east, Col. Jenkins preceding us into the target, Lt. Piscitelli and myself flying almost line abreast.  At the edge of the field I noticed intense anti-aircraft fire originating at the base of some hangars to our left.  We were flying at zero altitude.  Lt. Piscitelli caught fire in his right engine.  Half way across the field he was still on fire and still flying at zero altitude.  I strafed and observed no aircraft in the hangars, or on the ground.  I lost contact with Lt. Piscitelli though I observed black smoke behind me and to the left."
(Nb. Lt. Piscitelli was actually flying on Col. Crowell's wing and not Col. Jenkins' wing at the time he was shot down)

German report J 820 found Lt. Piscitelli dead in the crash.  He was buried, April 11th 1944, at the Coulommiers Cemetery.  Lt. Piscitelli is now buried in Plot A, Row 35, Grave 29 at Epinal American Military Cemetery, Epinal, Vosges, France.
Reproduced with kind permission of Mr. Robert M. Littlefield from the author's book Double Nickel - Double Trouble

Awarded the Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters and the Purple Heart

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