STAFF SERGEANT NICHOLAS JOSEPH CURCI; U.S. ARMY AIR FORCE

August 28, 1921 (Bridgeport, CT) – September 12, 1944; 23 years old
Unmarried
Last local address: 61 Stuart Avenue, Norwalk
Enlisted October 3, 1942
Service number: 31192987
Unit: 98th Bomber Group, 345th Bomber Squadron

Born to Saverio “Samuel” (1889-1988) and Antoinetta “Antonia” Lamolino Curci (1891-1963). Sisters Mary Curci Lamolino (1913-2011), Laura (1920-1987), and Anna (1923-2011). Brothers, Joseph (1925-1987), Thomas (1928-1996), Samuel Jr. (1931-) and Frank (1933-). Third oldest of 8 children. All 5 sons served in the military.


Awarded the Purple Heart Medal.



B-24J #44-40324 took off, with a crew of 10, from Lecce, Italy on a bombing mission over an engine factory near Munich, Germany. While approaching the target B-24J #44-40324 was out of position and while trying to get into position their wing struck the fuselage of B-24H #42-50417. Both B-24’s crashed after the collision near Landshut, Germany.


Crew of #44-40324
1st Lt Robert T. Adams, Dublin GA
Co-Pilot John A. Snyder, Irwin PA
Navigator 2d Lt Albert C. LeQuelleo Jr., Stockton CA
Bombardier 2d Lt Melvin L. Cohen, Roxbury MA
Engineer-Gunner TEC Sgt Eugene F. Sliker, Ashley PA
Radio-Gunner TEC Sgt Robert A. Amond, Berlin CT
Left Waist Gunner SSG Frederick J. Masset, New Orleans LA
Right Waist Gunner SSG Charles A. Ragsdale, San Antonio TX
Tail Gunner SSG Nicholas J. Curci, Norwalk CT
Top Turret Gunner SSGT Henry Schreier, St. Paul MN


B-24J picture from fantasyofflight.com


Originally interred in France, he was repatriated and interred on July 7, 1950 in Knoxville National Cemetery, Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee; Plot X, 31, Memorial ID 2967794. Photo provided by Sandra Jenkins, employee at Mountain Home National Cemetery, Tennessee, via e-mail on December 12, 2019.


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Published by jeffd1121

USAF retiree. Veteran advocate. Committed to telling the stories of those who died while in the service of the country during wartime.

One thought on “STAFF SERGEANT NICHOLAS JOSEPH CURCI; U.S. ARMY AIR FORCE

  1. Thank you so much for all your time and effort in gathering all the information and putting together the presentation. Even though we were not able to attend we are able to view it on YouTube thanks to you! Our family is very grateful to get more information we did not have about that fateful day in 1944. Nicholas is not forgotten, nor all the men on the war of honor. Thanks for all you do!

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