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C-47 (41-18681) Crash Site Marker- Operation Pomegranate

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Details:

In a depression just to the west of the summit to Monte Tezio.

Plaque


A brown metal inscribed plaque about 12” x 18” next to a silver cross about 3 feet high, both mounted to a large rock.

 

The memorial remembers the Crew of a C-47 and the SAS Commandos who were part of Operation Pomegranate, a raid against German forces in support of the pending Operation Shingle, the Anzio Landings. The Crew of the C-47 perished in a crash on Monte Tezio after the SAS Commandos were dropped at the drop zone. This operation was in support of Operation Shingle, the landings at Anzio.

 

The C-47 originated from Gioia, Italy and its Crew consisted of:

 

 

Nowotny, Raymond A ~ Lt. Col, Pilot, CA

McNeil, J J, Jr ~ Maj, Co-Pilot, TX

Piatak, John, Jr ~ Capt, Navigator, NY

Nocentini, Joseph L ~ Capt, Surgeon, PA

Holmes, Ross A ~ T/Sgt, Engineer, OK

Singer, Saul ~ Sgt, Radio Operator, NY

 

 

 

From the OSS Website:

 

Operation Pomegranate was a six-man raid in support of Operation Shingle (Anzio Landings) by the Special Air Service designed to be conducted against German aircraft based on the Italian airfield of Sant'Egidio, near Perugia, on the night of 12 January 1944. The commandos, aboard a US C-47 made their parachute jump near Magione, which is about 15 kilometers east of Monte Tezio and east of Lake Trasimeno, after which the plane on which they had been travelling crashed into the mountainside killing the entire crew.

 

 

 

See also this site, Memorial: Operation Pomegranate – Raid And C-47 (41-18681) Crash Memorial,(Site Perugia Airport) for more on this incident.

 

Monument Text:

 

The text on the plaque is written in Italian and reads:


IN QUESTO LUOGO IL 12 GENNAIO 1944 ALLE ORE 22.00 PRECIPITO’

PER CAUSE SCONOSCIUTE UN AEREO AMERICANO C-47 DOPO AVER LANCIATO

SEI PARACADUTISTI INGLESI NELLE VICINANZE DI MAGIONE DESTINATI AD UNA AZIONE DI SABOTAGGIO NELL’AEROPORTO DI S. EGIDIO

PERIRONO TUTTI I SEI UOMINI DELL’EQUIPAGGIO

 

Col. Pilota NOWOTNY Raymond A.

Cap. Pilota Mc NEIL J.J. Jr.

Cap. NOCENTINI Joseph L.

Cap. PIATAL John Jr.

Serg. HOLMES Ross A.

Serg. SINGER Saul

 

Perugia 12 GENNAIO 2013

 

(logo)

monti del tezio

associazione culturale

The translation in English:

 

At this location on January 12, 1944 at 2200 hours, an

American Airplane crashed due to unknown reason after air 

dropping six English Parachutists near Magione with the 

mission to sabatoge the Airport at Sant Egidio

The six aircraft crewmembers were killed.


Col. Pilot NOWOTNY Raymond A.

Cap. Pilot Mc NEIL J.J. Jr.

Cap. NOCENTINI Joseph L.

Cap. PIATAL John Jr.

Serg. HOLMES Ross A.

Serg. SINGER Saul 



12 January 2013


(Symbol of the Mount Tezio

Cultural Association)

 

Commemorates:

People:

Ross A Holmes

J.J. McNeil

Joseph Louis  Nocentini

Raymond Alvin Nowotny

John Jr. Piatak

Saul Singer

Units:

2nd Regiment, SAS (British)

51th Troop Carrier Wing

62nd Troop Carrier Group

8th Squadron, 62nd Troop Carrier Group

SAS (British)

Wars:

WWII

Battles:

Italian Campaign

Operation Shingle

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