Veterans' Memorial Project

Carl Henry Dasso

Rock Island, IL

World War II

College: Agricultural, Consumer & Environmental Sciences

Graduation Year: 1942

Service Branch: Air Force

Rank: Second Lieutenant

Date of Birth: 09/29/1916

Date of Death: 05/24/1944

Lt. Dasso served with the 535th Bomber Squadron, 381st Bomber Group, Heavy. He was a pilot of a B-17 bomber (Flying Fortress), having made 23 bombing raids over Germany before his plane was cut in two by a falling plane that had been shot down above him. He died in the subsequent crash, his 24th mission, on May 24, 1944, though two men in the tail section survived. He is buried at Netherlands American Cemetery, Margraten, Netherlands, Plot O Row 9 Grave 3, next to his brother, Eugene Edward Dasso. He was awarded the Air Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters and Purple Heart.

-submitted by Jerome Dasso, brother, with additional information taken from  University records

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