The 464th BG Short Rounds
The Toscano Cousins
David Pulcrano writes:
Well, I think I have something of interest re
779th. I am sure you are aware of this story,
being involved with the 464th B/Gp, and all.
Well, here goes my story:
Theodore D. Toscano - 1920 to 1945
"In 1939, I was 7 yrs old and 2nd Lt. Theodore
(Teddy) David Toscano, at that time was an Avia Cadet; this was the last time I saw
him alive. I later heard he was MIA, then rptd KIA. I was inspired by him at that tender
age, that I would one day serve (1950-54 and recalled 1968-70) in the Army Air Corps...well,
the U.S. Air Force, as it had become an independant Department in '47. Ted had flown
one mission as co-pilot (familiarization with combat) and then flew 13 missions as
Cmd Pilot; the last being on Mar 22,'45 over Heilgenstadt, acc'dg to Cpl. George R.
Frazier, Jr., Gunner (Ball); who by the way was the sole survivor of that incident.
One unique thing about this whole scenario, is that Ralph Toscano, (Ted, Ralph and
I are cousins...Ted's father Louis, Ralph's father Carmine, and my Grdmother Carmela
are bros/sisters), was an Avia Mech in the same Unit at the time Ted went down. In
doing the genealogical research for the family, I contacted the 464th Assoc and no
one was able to assist me in locating info on these two relatives. However, I managed
to contact Bob Hoskinson, and he was instrumental in assisting me with some pics
and more detailed info. In fact, he supplied me with an 8 x 10 of the same aircraft
you have as a webpage opening. Isn't that great? I did write to George Frazier and he
supplied photos as well. In writing to a Chester Viseth, I was informed that he had
passed away and could not obtain anything further from his widow. He was an 'eye
witness' reporter to this incident. Ralph Toscano passed away several yrs ago and I
had lost contact with him through the yrs. Another oddity I noted was that Ted's Co-Pilot
was Don Hoskinson....Bob told me that he was no relation to him. By the way I believe
Bob said he was a Tail-Gunner with the 778th. And now you know 'the BEST
of the story!' Apologies to Paul Harvey!"
The info I recall from memory...since I don't have
actual dates in many cases....of family members who served were:|
Eva Marie Delassandro U.S.N. (WWII), *Step-Father William DeLorenzo U.S. Army
(WWII - Africa-Italy), *F/Law Leonard T. Atkinson U.S. Army (WWI - France), Half-Bro
Anthony Ronald Pulcrano U.S.N. (Ret.), Lt. Cmdr. *Cousin Theodore David (Teddy)
Toscano U.S.A.A.F. 464th BG 779th BSqdn. 15th AF, 2nd Lt *Cousin Ralph Alfred
Toscano U.S.A.A.F. 15th AF (supposedly with same unit as Teddy, he was there when
Ted went down), *Uncle Arthur Kazmierski U.S. Army (Canal Zone - Ft. Monmouth
NJ), PFC *Uncle Joseph Richard Pulcrano U.S. Army 44th Div., Tech Sgt. Uncle Alfred
A. Ricci U.S.M.C. 6th Marine Div (WWII- Okinawa - China), *Uncle Patrick Henry Ricci
U.S.N (WWII D-Day Invas) (Alfred P's. father), Cousin Alfred Patrick Ricci U.S.A.F.
(Alfred A.'s nephew), Cousin Joseph D. Scorzelli U.S.N., Cousin Michael Vitale U.S.
Army (WWII), Cousin Louis C. Pulcrano U.S. Army (I believe), *Cousin Lucian Thomas
Pinardi U.S. Army (WWII - Germany), Cousin Bernard Arthur Ricci U.S.N. (Korea),
Son Michael Pulcrano U.S. Army (Germany), Me - David Anthony Pulcrano U.S. Air
Force (Jan 50 -Jan 54 and Mar 67- 70 - Europe) SSGT (Briefly, I was an Air Res Tech
Civ. Service and recalled with the 904th MAW/GP/Sqdn and sent to RAF Mildenhall
(1648th Prov Sqdn Alpha) and traveled many European Countries in performance of
my duties as an Acft/Eng
Teddy's dog tags and the site where they were |
discovered in Europe.
Teddy Toscano's headstone in the
Holy Rood cemetery in Westbury New York.
His grave has been adopted by Carol Kerler.
Mech/Inspector. Also was NCOIC of Eng Mech Trng in Sqdn.),
*Br/Law George Denson White U.S. Army (WWII - Korea), Br/Law J. W. Atkinson U.S.
Army (WWII), Br/Law Leonard Atkinson U.S. Air Force (Korea), Br/Law Dan West U.S.
Army (Korea). [* Deceased]
Ed. Note - David has put out a request to our members:
"Should you have any info concerning either Ted or
Ralph, please share same with me for the purpose of enhancing the family's
history. I would also like to put out a request for any/all flimsies for the
month of March 1945."
"Sincere best wishes with the venture and the preservation of the
464th's memories. Most respectfully, David"
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