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1Lt. John Stein, Jr.



  • 3rd Scouting Force

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  • John Stein

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot; Fighter Pilot
    On April 3, 1945, Stein was escorting bombers to Kiel, Germany when his scouting flight was engaged and fired on by friendly P-51s of the 359th Fighter Group. Stein's aircraft was hit and went into a flat spin at 14,000 feet. The right wing came off,...



Date Contributor Update
29 December 2015 17:06:15 millebr Created entry with caption, unit associations and aircraft associations
Sources; USAAF Accident Report; Missing Air Crew Report 13964.