Mission Roster – December 1944

Submitted by:

Dominique Taddei

Location:

Corsica, France

About:

My name is Dominique Taddei, I live in Corsica, France. Since 1996 I have tried to learn  more about the US Army Air Corps presence in the Island of Corsica.

Today I am an associate life member of the 57th Bomb Wing Association (B-25 Mitchell) involving four Medium Bomber Groups, 310th BG, 319th BG, 321st BG and 340th BG. All assigned in Corsica in 1944/45.

Four years ago researching some information at the NARA College Park in Maryland about four Tuskegee Airmen pilots from the 332nd FG 100th FS who had ditched just in front of the east Corsican coast June 22 1944. The four pilots were Earl Silvester Sherard, Samuel Jefferson (MIA), Charles B Johnson MIA, Robert Tresville (MIA)

The archives give two MACR for Samuel Jefferson 6078 and Robert Tresville 6079 with their Tail Serial number but no accident report for Sherard who had been rescued by a British PT Boat and no MACR for Charles B Johnson who drowned in his P-47.

This summer an American French divers’ team was working on a P-47 thunderbolt piloted by James Lord. (57th FG  66th FS) They found his remains and brought them back to the US. I informed these divers about the Charles B Johnson position but to confirm the facts, I need to have the tail serial number of the Charles B Johnson P-47 Thunderbolt. As you know these numbers are inscribed in the cockpit.

I wrote to the NARA, they are unable to help me, my last hope is to know if the 332nd FG has war diaries of each squadron like it was done in the Bomber squadrons. To date no one has been able to confirm this information.

Source: NARA via Dominique Taddei USS Corsica