S.Sgt. James Rodella

Title

S.Sgt. James Rodella

Subject

Person

Description

S.Sgt. James Rodella, an Assistant Engineer and Top Turret Gunner from Penn Hills, Pennsylvania, flew an extended tour of service with the 64th Squadron in New Guinea, the Philippines, and Japan. S.Sgt. James Rodella, the recipient of three Air Medals, predominantly flew with Lt. Angus B. Taff's crew.

Birth/Death

1925-12-02

Birthplace

Town of Rodi, Penn Hills, PA

Dates of Service

1944-01-16 1945-10-26

Squadron

64th

Crew Position(s)

Assistant Engineer, Top Turret Gunner

Aircraft/Crew

Angus B. Taff, Pilot
Robert E. Lee, Co-Pilot
George A. Patterson, Bombardier
Orville L. Meadors, Navigator
Henry R. Sells, Aerial Engineer/Gunner
Charles W. Upham, Radio Operator/Gunner
Charner D. Skains, Armorer/Gunner
Claude A. McMillan, Tail Gunner
James Rodella, Top Turret Gunner
John E. Yerg, Nose Gunner

Highest Rank Achieved

Staff Sergeant

Citations/Decorations

-3 Air Medals
-Philippine Liberation Medal
-South Pacific Medal

Location of Service during World War II (major training and deployment bases and sites)

Basic Training
-Miami Beach, Fl (Airforce)
-Gunnery School - Harlingen, TX
-Crew Training - Tonopah, NV

Overseas
-Owi Island, Dutch New Guinea
-Tacloban, Philippines
-Clark Field, Luzon, Philippines
-Ie Shima Island, Japan

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