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Extract from Individual Deceased Personnel File (IDPF) for Lieutenant John A Van Wie of the 303rd Bomb Group researched by historian Bill Beigel. The file contains copies of primary documents that discuss the return of personal effects, circumstances and causes of death, and memorialisation of the fallen airman.

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  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...

  • 360th Bomb Squadron


  • John Van Wie

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot
    Captain John A. Van Wie was born June 25, 1915. His next of kin were his wife, Mrs. John A. Van Wie, his father, Hiram Van Wie, and his sister, Bernice A. Burkett. He was from Long Beach, California. He flew as pilot of #42-5393 "Thumper Again" on the...


  • 42-29606

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 18/1/43; Salina 9/2/43; Morrison 10/3/43; Assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-M] Molesworth 6/4/43; Missing in Action Hamburg 25/7/43 with Capt John Van Wie, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Albert Hlebasko, Ball turret gunner: Gene Morton,...


Date Contributor Update
11 May 2015 09:49:02 Emily Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations, person associations and aircraft associations

Individual Deceased Personnel File (IDPF) researched and donated by Bill Beigel: