T/SGT John Blasko


T/SGT John Blasko and SGT Carmine C. Nicastro were killed, and T/5 CPL Dominick L. Albanese was presumed killed on 18 April 1944.  They were assigned to 57th Ordnance Bomb Disposal Squad (Separate) at the time of their deaths.  T/SGT Blasko, SGT Nicastro, and T/5 CPL Albanese were killed when a 7-kilogram SD-10C (Sprengbombe Dickwändig or Splinter Bomb-10C) anti-personnel bomblet with a EAZ(66)A fuze detonated.  The explosion occurred in the unit’s ammunition storage area near Biguglia, Corsica, south of the Bastia Cemetery.  Also killed in the explosion were six Yugoslavian workers.  An investigation concluded that one of the Yugoslavian civilians had dropped the bomblet.

*This bio was researched and authored by SGM Mike R. Vining, USA (Retired) with supporting research from the books, Nine from Aberdeen, by Jeffrey M. Leatherwood, Ph.D., and Bomb Disposal, The Early Years of Explosive Ordnance Disposal, 1940 to 1949, by LTC Robert E. Leiendecker, USA (Retired)


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April 18, 1944

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