MICCICHE, JOSEPH, Staff Sergeant, # 12154715, USAAF
Joseph Micciche was born on 1924 in Brooklyn, New York, to Salvatore Micciche (1892-1972) (Italy) and Antoinette (DiNapoli) Micciche (1901-1974) (Italy) (married 20 December 1920, Brooklyn, NY). Siblings included Francisco “Frank” Micciche (1926-1995), Vincenzo Micciche (1928- ), Elvira (Micciche) Somma (1929-1991). His father owned a fish market.
He enlisted in the USAAF in New York, New York, on 17 October 1942. He was trained in the maintenance and operation of the radio equipment on the B-29 Superfortress. He was sent overseas to 20th Air Force. On 7 December 1944, a B-29, # 42-6389, “Party Girl,” assigned to 20th Air Force, 468th Bomb Group, 792nd Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Pengshan, China, on a bombing mission of the steel works at Mukden, Manchuria. 2ndLt Sybesma was the co-pilot. B-29 42-6389 bombed its target and was on the return leg of its flight to the airfield near Nancheng, about 1 ½ hours out of Pengshan. The formation leader advised 42-6389 to descend and the B-29 was last seen making a 180º turn to its left to begin the descent procedure. It encountered icing conditions and climbed. It crashed soon afterwards. Cheng Queng Lih, village leader, and Shen Fo Chen said that at about 1800 hours, 7 December 1944, a loud explosion was heard and there was a fire atop Mt. Hawo. On 8 December, the villagers climbed to the South side of Mt. Hawo, where the crash site was on an almost vertical side. They reached the wreckage after a climb on 10 December at 1200 hours. Found part of tail section that was olive drab. The wreckage burned after the crash. They found the bombardiers manual in a tree. Ten bodies were found and buried there. The bombardier’s manual had name: 1stLt Bugher, John A. (spelling blurred). He was a crewman of 42-6389. The loading list included 1stLt Calvin L. Lyons, 1stLt Waldo R. Schneider, 1stLt James W. Smith, 1stLt John A. Bugher, 2ndLt Lawrence Syresma, SSgt Newman Borhart, SSgt Joseph Micchiche, SSgt William R. Jackson, SSgt Sisto A. Algieri, SSgt Laurence A. Fink and SSgt Russell W. Peters. No known recovery of remains or burial of remains was found.
His brother, Frank Micciche, born 8 April 1926, was in the U.S. Navy, a Seaman 1st Class (# 7128321), from 6 April 1944 to 18 May 1946. He died 21 July 1995 and is buried in the Sothern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Boulder City, Nevada. He served aboard the U.S.S. General A.E. Anderson (AP-111), a troop transport which served during WW II and the Korean War. Its most famous voyage was the return of 489 American former POWs rescued in the Raid at Cabanatuan. Film footage of its arrival home can be seen in the end of the movie, “The Geat Raid.” During 1945-1946, she made eight oceanic voyages between the U.S. and France, England, and India.