Telio A Puccio


Name: Telio A Puccio

First Name(s): Telio A
Last Name: Puccio

Place of birth: Texas, Harris Cnty, Houston

Rank: S/Sgt Crew Chief
ASN: 18118457
Company: 95th T Car Sqdrn
Unit: 440th Troop Carrier Grp 9th USAAF

Reported as: DOW
Date of incident: 27-12-1944
Place of incident: Sibret

His story: On December 27, 1944 eight gliders of the 95th squadron and five planes and five gliders of the 96th squadron took off from the airstrip at Châteaudun, France. The gliders were loaded to capacity with high explosives and were on a mission to drop supplies and ammunitions to the men of the 101st Airborne Division, surrounded in Bastogne, Belgium.
Just before going into the Landing Zone at Bastogne, aircraft C-17A, 43-15658, was hit by enemy anti-aircraft fire but continued on. The plane was seriously damaged and burning and it is believed that Co-pilot 2 Lt Seymour R Belinky had been killed by the initial strike and that 1 Lt Stanley J Zdun was probably seriously wounded. Two parachutes were seen to come from the aircraft, one of which belonged to Radio Operator, Sgt. William F. Spearing, who was taken prisoner. The other was Crew Chief, S/Sgt Puccio, who was badly burned about the hands and face and is believed to have died in Germany whilst in captivity.
The aircraft crashed in flames near Sibret, South-West of Bastogne.
Type: C-47A-90-DL Skytrain “Fern II” #43-15658
MACR 11316
Operation: REPULSE
Destination: Bastogne, Belgium
Mission: Glider Tow

Unit history of 440th Troup Carrier Group

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