Dear Ms. Pasqualotto,
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We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the series Missing Air Crew Reports (MACRs), 1942-1947 in the Records of the Office of the Quartermaster General (Record Group 92) that may include a MACR for the individual you are researching. These records have been digitized and may be viewed online in the Catalog. The MACR indices by date of loss and by plane tail number are available on microfilm. These indices were created by the Air Force for their use and include the missing aircrew report number, the country where the plane was lost, the Air Force number, the group or squadron number, the plane type, tail number and date the plane was lost. The copy in NARA custody, provided by the Air Force, is in extremely poor condition and does not copy well. We suggest you obtain a copy of this microfilm from the Air Force Historical Research Agency, 600 Chennault Circle, Building 1405, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL 36112-6424.
Next, we located the series Translations of German Amerikaner Vorgaenge (AV) Reports, 9/1944-2/1945 in the National Archives Collection of Foreign Records Seized (Record Group 242) that contains 6 references to Sabaudia that might be of interest to you. These records have been digitized and may be viewed online in the Catalog.
Plus, we located the series Lists of Italian Helper Claims Registered after February 28, 1946, ca. 4/1946-8/1947, the series Helper Claims Processed after the Closing of the Allied Screening Commission (Italy), ca. 4/1947-10/1947, the series Helper Claims, 7/1944-4/1947, and the series Index to Helper Claims, 7/1944-1946 in the Records of Allied Operational and Occupation Headquarters, World War II (Record Group 331) that may contain some information about the individuals who assisted the American airman or pilot. These records have not been digitized. Please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) at email@example.com for access to and information about these and similar records.
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Do you happen to know any information of the American Air Forces unit or Aircraft that was shot down or went missing.
Do you know the date, or an estimate?
To help you narrow down your search, the airman you are looking for was likely part of the battle for Anzio (just north of Sabaudia) that took place over the first half of 1944. With this, you should be able to cross-reference which crews/pilots went down with a burning plane south of Anzio within the year 1944.
You could potentially try searching through either Missing Air Crew Reports (https://catalog.archives.gov/search?q=*:*&f.ancestorNaIds=305256&sort=naIdSort%20asc) or escape and evasion reports (https://catalog.archives.gov/search?q=*:*&f.ancestorNaIds=305270&sort=naIdSort%20asc) with these search terms.
Do you happen to know if the airman was captured later by the Germans after Danilo was arrested? If so, he might show up in German paperwork as well.