669th BS Patch

416th Bombardment Group (L)

S/Sgt. Russell Joseph Colosimo

Airplane Armorer-Gunner,  33181528

Prisoner Of War

669th Bombardment Squadron (L)

WWII-Medal

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  Born: 22-Feb-1920, Scranton, Lackawanna County, Pennslvania

Entered Military Service: Date: 13-Apr-1942 At: Ft George G Meade, MD
NARA Enlistment Record: Enlisted Serial # 33181528

POW summary:
Fail to Return Date: 29-Sep-1944
Captured: Unknown, Unknown
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 4 Gross-Tychow (formerly Heydekrug) Pomerania, Prussia (moved to Wobbelin Bei Ludwigslust) (To Usedom Bei Savenmunde) 54-16
Return Date: 29-Jun-1945
NARA WW II POW Data File Latest Report Date: 29-Jun-1945
NARA WW II POW Data File ID: 54393

Died: 4-Jul-2013, Scranton, Lackawanna County, Pennslvania

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Obituary

Russell J. Colosimo Sr.

Russell J. Colosimo Sr., 93, of North Scranton, passed away on Thursday, July 4 at home surrounded by his loving family. He was preceded in death by his wife, Josephine, who passed away in 2003.

Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late James and Victoria Forsette Colosimo. He was educated in Scranton schools.

Russell was a Staff Sergeant in the United States Army Air Force Base Unit. He was a World War II gunner flying 65 missions in the Army Air Force. He was a Prisoner of War for nine months before his honorary discharge in 1945. Prior to his retirement, he was a laborer for 50 years with the Local Laborers Union #130.

Russell was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and brother. He was a kind soul with a heart like no other. His life revolved around his family and his love of gardening, which many admired.

The family would like to express their deepest gratitude to Dr. Julie Speicher and Midge Cooney, Hospice of the Sacred Heart including Russell's caregivers, Lynn Nizich, Charlene Romano, Ellen Duffy, David Betts, Chaplin of Hospice of the Sacred Heart, and Roberta McAllister, Suzanne Cordaro, Karen Lenchitsky from the Veterans Center, Telespond Senior Services, and Area Agency on Aging.

Surviving are his daughter and caregiver, Joann Eltringham, Scranton; two sons, Russell Jr. and wife, Kathy Ann, Scranton; James Blakely; three sisters, Sue Parfrey, Ann Walsh, both of Scranton; Sue McGuire, Duryea; 11 grandchildren, Lisa Scott and husband, Edward; Linda O'Brien and husband, Mark; Tracy Giumento and husband, Brian; Sara Colosimo; Michael Trently and wife, Amy; Katie Colosimo; James Colosimo and wife, Katie; Chelsea Minkoff; Ashley Manuel and fiancÚ, David Dean; Russell Colosimo III, Bryanna Colosimo; 11 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Rosemary Minkoff; three sisters, Marion, Dorothy and Carmela; and three brothers, Joseph, Anthony and Thomas.

The funeral will be conducted on Monday from the Solfanelli-Fiorillo Funeral Home Inc., 1030 N. Main Ave., with Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in Mary, Mother of God Parish at Holy Rosary Church, 316 William St. Interment with military honors will follow at Cathedral Cemetery.

Friends may call Sunday, 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Area Agency on Aging, 200 Adams Ave., Scranton, PA 18503; or to Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 600 Baltimore Dr., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.

Please visit www.solfanellifiorillofuneralhome.com for information, directions or to leave an online condolence.

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Published by Scranton Times on Jul. 6, 2013.

Legacy.com - Russell J. Colosimo Sr. On-Line Obituary, Legacy.com (PDF)




MACR 9188 Details



Notes:
A/C Last Sighted and was Lost as a result of Enemy Anti-Aircraft. Nickname of A/C: "Dorlinda"

Description:
Moderate to intense flak at the target cost us two planes, both flown by our original crews from the States. ... Lt Tonnis Boukamp's plane was also hit, but in both engines. With both engines on fire, the plane was last seen falling away in a gentle glide, still under control on a southwesterly heading, 8 miles southwest of the target. No chutes were seen. ... Lt Boukamp's gunners were Staff Sergeants Russell J. Colosimo and Jeong S. Wing.
(416th BG History 1944)

See also Mission # 148




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1930 US Census
1940 US Census
WW II Draft Registration
01-Jul-1941
WW II Draft Registration
01-Jul-1941
Newspaper Clipping
The Tribune
26-Mar-1942
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The Tribune
26-Mar-1942
Newspaper Clipping
The Times Tribune
08-Jun-1942
Newspaper Clipping
The Tribune
20-Jul-1942
Apr 28, 1944
A-20J
669th Bomb Sq. "Combat Crew". L-R: SSgt Edwin Joe, 1Lt Tonnis Boukamp, SSgt Russell J. Colosimo. A/C is "Holey Joe"
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The Tribune
06-Mar-1945
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The Tribune
16-Jun-1945
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The Times Tribune
10-Jul-1945
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The Tribune
12-Jul-1945
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The Times Tribune
18-Sep-1945
City Directory
1946 Scranton, PA
Marriage License
19-Oct-1946
Veteran Compensation Application
Veteran Compensation Application
City Directory
1960 Scranton, PA
Newspaper Clipping
The Times Tribune
19-Oct-1986
Newspaper Obituary
The Times Tribune
08-Jul-2013
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