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Those known to have served with  449th Bomb Group, USAAF during the Second World War 1939-1945.

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Jack LaCara Canicatti 719th Squadron 449th Bomber Group

My Grandfather, Jack Canicatti of 449th Bomber Group 719th Squadron, took off from Grottaglie on 17th October, 1944. The target of mission 150 was to blow up the railways in Vienna, Austria. The B24 liberator named "Spirit of Plainfield, NJ" (s/n 42-51763) was hit and started losing altitude. My Grandfather, the left waist gunner was injured in his leg, as was the navigator John W. Clark. All 10 men managed to bail out before the plane crashed. My Grandfather was taken to the hospital in Györ, Hungary where he remained for a month. He was then taken to Stalag Luft IV.

Maryjane Creamer



S/Sgt. Thomas M McGraw 716th Bomb Sqn. 449th Bomb Group (d.28th Feb 1945)

Staff Sergeant Thomas M McGraw served with 716th Bomber Squadron part of 449th Bomber Group during WW2. His B24 was downed near Grado, Italy and he was positively identified from human remains recovered from the underwater site. My uncles B-24 has been positively identified and contains human remains in 40' of water near Grado Italy. B-24#42-51642/ Hanson crew is a popular diving site and has been pillaged and vandalized for years. This site is unprotected and has been reported on Italian newscasts and newspapers alike. The coordinates are well known and it is crucial that these brave men's remains be recovered ASAP. The Grado government along with historians, archeologists and professional divers are trying their best to preserve this historical grave site from rogue divers wanting to plunder these men's personal items. Please see My Facebook Page

James J Fox







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