ESPOSITO, DOMONICK S., Sergeant, # 33595582, USAAF
Dominick S. Esposito was born in 1917 in Pennsylvania to Domenico Espisito (Caposito) (1872-1918) and Anna Felice (Melchiore) Esposito (1877-1933). Siblings included Minnie Esposito (1899-1993), Joseph A. Esposito ((1902-1969), Celia Esposito ((1905- ), Glazier Esposito (1909- ).
After enlisting in the USAAF, he was trained as a crewman on the B-25 Mitchell. He earned his crewman wings. In India, he was assigned to fly on a B-25 in search of the two missing crews and his B-25 Mitchell crashed in the India. Two of five B-25s departed the airfield at Panagarh, India, at 0830 hours, 17 October 1945, for Bangalore, India, to be later scrapped. B-25, # 43-4955, was located, crashed 13 miles from Udayagiri, India. On 23 October 1945, a jeep and 3 officers (Chaplain Capt. Claude T. Ennis, 1stLt Robert Clark, Operations Officer, and 1stLt Jack L. McAnally, Provost Marshal) were sent by C-47 to Vizigapatam, India, for a ground investigation. The aircraft and fragments of the crew but positive identification were made. The remains were given a Christian burial in the Mallikpodi Christian cemetery. This MACR holds numerous pages of Q&A of several witnesses under oath with investigators who recommended disciplinary actions against two officers, including a USAAF Colonel, Group Commander, for dereliction of duty for failing to ensure the aircraft were sufficiently maintained and prepared for flight and manned with sufficient and qualified USAAF personnel, leading the aircraft aloft to be vulnerable to navigational and pilot errors and resulted in crashes and deaths. After recovery from India, the indistinguishable remains of three of the crew (Nathanson, Worschak, & Esposito) were buried in the Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, on 21 March 1949 (Sec. 15, Grave 72). A memorial marker was placed in the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Cemetery, Linwood, Delaware Cp., Pennsylvania.