669th BS Patch

416th Bombardment Group (L)

S/Sgt. Daniel Ralph Abriola

Gunner,  32458250

Prisoner Of War

669th Bombardment Squadron (L)

WWII-Medal

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  Born: 21-Mar-1921, Lyndhurst, Bergen County, New Jersey

Entered Military Service: Date: 25-Aug-1942

POW summary:
Fail to Return Date: 2-Feb-1945
POW Camp: Stalag 6B
Return Date: 17-May-1945
NARA WW II POW Data File Latest Report Date: 17-May-1945
NARA WW II POW Data File ID: 38771

Died: 24-Aug-2010, Brick, Ocean County, New Jersey

On-line Memorials:
National World War II Registry
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Obituary

DANIEL R. ABRIOLA
AGE: 89 BRICK

Daniel R. Abriola, 89, of Brick, passed away at Ocean Medical Center, Brick, NJ, on Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010. Born in Lyndhurst, NJ, he was formerly of Little Egg Harbor before moving to Brick 9 years ago. He was an auto salesman for various dealerships in Bergen & Passaic Counties for 35 years retiring in 1986. He was a member of the American EX POW Ocean County Chapter, VFW Post 416 & DAV, of Little Egg Harbor and the AMVETS, Lyndhurst. He served his country in the Army Air Force during WWII and was also a member of Epiphany Church, Brick, NJ.

Surviving is his wife of 64 years, Gloria and his son, Michael, of Aberdeen, NJ.

Visitation will be on Friday from 2-4 & 7-9 at Colonial Funeral Home, 2170 Rt. 88, Brick, NJ. Funeral mass will be on Saturday at 10am at Epiphany Church. Burial will follow at St. Mary of the Lake Cemetery, Lakewood, NJ. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American EX POW Ocean County Chapter, 243 Torrey Pines Dr., Toms River, NJ 08757.

Asbury Park Press (Asbury Park, New Jersey), 26 Aug 2010, Thu, Page 13, Daniel R. Abriola Obituary, Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com/image/144555244/?terms=Daniel%20R.%20Abriola&match=1 [subscription required] : accessed 9 April 2021)




No_Report Details



Description:
Lieutenant D.E. Smith was flying a window plane. On the return trip he heard an explosion in the rear compartment of the plane. He called his gunners, but neither of them answered. He landed the plane safely at A-78. In the gunners compartment, he found Sergeant R. DeStafono dead. His body was badly broken. Only one small hole was visible in the plane, but the bulkhead had been sprung by the force of the unexplainable explosion. The other gunner, Staff Sergeant D.R. Abriola, was seen to bail out after the explosion near Bolbark, in enemy territory, and is listed as MIA.
(416th BG History 1945)

The second day of February found misfortune once more plaguing the 669th. In an attack on the Euskirken Supply Center, which served as a processing and billeting area for enemy troops enroute to the front, the aircraft piloted by Lt. D. E. Smith was hit by enemy anti-aircraft fire. An explosion occured in the gunners compartment of the airplane. Sgt. Richard De Stefano, the top turret gunner, was killed outright. The engineer gunner, S/Sgt. D. F. Abriola, bailed out. When last seen, S/Sgt. Abriola was drifting down to a landing behind enemy lines. (It should be added that the aircraft was an A20K.) Lt. Smith was obliged to crash land the airplane at AAF Sta. A-78. Fortunately, he escaped injury.
("669th Bombardment Squadron (L) History")

See also Mission # 197




Photos and Documents
1930 US Census
Yearbook
1939 Lyndhurst HS
Yearbook Portrait
1939 Lyndhurst HS
Yearbook Portrait
1939 Lyndhurst HS
1940 US Census
WW II Draft Registration
16-Feb-1942
WW II Draft Registration
16-Feb-1942
WW II TrainingPhoto
WW II TrainingPhoto
Newspaper Clipping
The Herald News
10-Jan-1944
Newspaper Clipping
The News
10-Jan-1944
Newspaper Clipping
The Morning Call
11-Jan-1944
Passenger List
05-Jun-1945
Passenger List
05-Jun-1945
Newspaper Clipping
The Herald News
23-Aug-1945
Newspaper Clipping
The Herald News
23-Aug-1945
Newspaper Clipping
The Record
23-Aug-1945
Wedding Photo
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Newspaper Obituary
Asbury Park Press
26-Aug-2010
WW II Honoree
 
 
 
 
 
 



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