A survivor: Santa Cruz native Joseph Armanini was a member of the 'Bloody 100th' bomber group in ...

During World War II, Santa Cruz native Joseph Armanini frequented the skies over Europe, a member of the 8th Air Force's famous "Bloody 100th" bomb group. Full Story

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#1 Nov 3, 2010
You are a true hero my friend...One of the many remaining from our greatest generation....I salute you..Johnny at the Harbor, At attention.
WOW

United States

#2 Nov 3, 2010
This is an amazing individual and if I had cable, I would watch!
USN Retired

Greenville, NC

#3 Nov 3, 2010
My father was a WWII vet as well. These men did what it took to get it done. I don't think this country will ever produce another generation of people like them. Everybody now is too selfish and self centered.

“Fortitudine vincimus”

Since: Feb 08

Santa Cruz, California

#4 Nov 3, 2010

“Fortitudine vincimus”

Since: Feb 08

Santa Cruz, California

#5 Nov 7, 2010
Steve Kelly

League City, TX

#6 Nov 13, 2010
If possible, I would like to know if I could email Joe Armanini directly. He flew with my grandfather, Col. Neil "Chick" Harding (CO of the 100BG). I have a picture of the two of them shaking hands. I would love to know if Mr. Armanini has any stories he could share about my grandfather. Thank you.
Alline Huntsman Venti

United States

#7 Nov 13, 2010
Joe and my Dad may have known each other. My Dad was a Fighter Pilot in the South Pacific and lived in Santa Cruz. His name was Perry Walsh Huntsman, son of Police Chief Al Huntsman. They both are true heroes. Joe, you look great!!
Alline Huntsman Venti

United States

#8 Nov 13, 2010
Steve Kelly wrote:
If possible, I would like to know if I could email Joe Armanini directly. He flew with my grandfather, Col. Neil "Chick" Harding (CO of the 100BG). I have a picture of the two of them shaking hands. I would love to know if Mr. Armanini has any stories he could share about my grandfather. Thank you.
Hi, I sent an e-mail to the newsroom at the Santa Cruz Sentinel to see if I could make contact. I wish you luck, Joe may have great info for you.
John Parks

Tacoma, WA

#9 Nov 14, 2010
Hi Joe,
I was watching the air war show the other night, and I couldn't believe it when they mentioned the name of your plane -the El Psstofo!
About a month before this, I decided to see if I could find out more information about George Ziegler, who was like a 2nd father to me, on the internet. I knew he was in the air force in Europe and after much sleuthing discovered he was a bombardier on the El'Psstofo. So, you can imagine my surprise when your show came on and it said that you were a bombardier on the same plane as George Ziegler. He might have taken your place on the El Psstofo after you left. The El'Psstofo did not last long after that. He was shot down during the Muenster raid on 10-10-43. As you probably know, the whole crew survived and spent the rest of the war in pow camps, George Ziegler being in Stalag Luft 111. After the war, he became an Episcopal priest in Tacoma, Washington.
It was a great show and I wish you the best.
Doc Servoss

Omaha, NE

#10 Nov 14, 2010
I just wanted to tell Mr. Armanini that I was a Navy Corpsman who served in Vietnam. I wanted to thank him for his sacrifice in WWII. It is because of him, and men like my father, who served in the Pacific, that my daughter can live in the freedom of the greatest nation on the planet. May God bless you sir.
Butch Servoss
Silva

Claremont, CA

#11 Nov 17, 2010
A true American Hero....I thank you for all you've done. May god bless you
Scott Armanini

Alameda, CA

#12 Nov 22, 2010
Steve Kelly wrote:
If possible, I would like to know if I could email Joe Armanini directly. He flew with my grandfather, Col. Neil "Chick" Harding (CO of the 100BG). I have a picture of the two of them shaking hands. I would love to know if Mr. Armanini has any stories he could share about my grandfather. Thank you.
Hi, dad doesn't have email...I'd be happy to relay any messages and ask him to contact you. Best wishes always, Scott Armanini (armanini@gmail.com).
Tom West

Edmond, OK

#13 Dec 9, 2010
Thanks for looking after us and all the sacrifices you and your friends made Joe. No amount of words can express the gratitude. (written while watching your episode).
Van Valkenburg

Redmond, WA

#14 Jun 11, 2011
My father may have known Joseph Armanini and played football with him. My father also went to Santa Cruz High and played football. They were a year different in age, my dad being younger. He went to the Pacific and flew with the "Ace of Spades" squadron. I have many photos he brought back and have put them on a small web site:http://vmsb231.soundrenta ls.org/
Patricia

Melbourne, Australia

#15 Sep 20, 2011
My name is Patricia Armanini I live in Australia, did your family come from Edolo via Brescia Italy.
Interested to know if there is any connection.
Bocci Ponzini

San Jose, CA

#16 Oct 6, 2013
Sadly , Joe Armanini passed Oct 5th 2013
Ellen en Peter Zadelaar

Hoek Van Holland, Netherlands

#17 Dec 7, 2013
Hello Joe,
We live in Holland in Europe. Still after all these years we grab the oppertunity to thank in you all the American Soldiers, Salors and Airmen that died for our freedom. We can not htank you enough for what you have done for us up there. My father and mother often told us of the contrails high above. They also told us about the American airmen that were saved by the Dutch people from the Germans. Today is build on history and altough we all look ahead, we must never forget the past. Even today there rae contrails up there in the air over Holland Joe and as then American planes fly overhead from England to Afganisthan. How far is then from now Joe.
God bless you and America.

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