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James Melford Johnson

Military

Flew 36 missions out of Nuthampstead between July and December 1944. Shot down September 9th in B-17 #43-37509 over Mannheim and crash landed in France. The crew made their way to Paris and then returned to Nuthampstead to resume flying. Johnson’s crew flew missions to France, Germany, the Netherlands (Operation Market Garden), and Czechoslovakia. His co-pilot for 29 of those missions was Theodore Novy.

Service

People

  • Donald Aver

    Military | Second Lieutenant | B-17 Navigator | 398th Bomb Group
    Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Robert Braun

    Military | Staff Sergeant | B-17 Ball Turret Gunner | 398th Bomb Group
    air medal

  • David Daniels

    Military | Technical Sergeant | B-17 Radio Operator | 398th Bomb Group
    Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Robert Davis

    Military | Second Lieutenant | B-17 Co-Pilot | 398th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) at Nuthampstead while trying to land in heavy fog returning from a mission over Merseberg, Germany. Buried at the American Cemetery near Cambridge. His regular pilot was Lt. V A Hansard. ...

  • Lionel Labat

    Military | Staff Sergeant | B-17 Waist Gunner | 398th Bomb Group
    Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Theodore Novy

    Military | Second Lieutenant | B-17 Co-Pilot | 398th Bomb Group

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Units served with

  • 398th Bomb Group

    398th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 398th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Nuthampstead, Hertfordshire on strategic bombing raids over Germany. The Group switched focus in the days before D-Day, when they targeted enemy positions on the Cherbourg peninsula. When the Allied...

  • 600th Bomb Squadron

Missions

  • 614

    9 September 1944
    A burst of flak put a big hole in the nose throwing glass in Antonacci's eyes. Other hits were in the wing and tail. One went through the waist and exploded an oxygen bottle.

Associated Place

  • Nuthampstead

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1942-43, Nuthampstead was the nearest Eighth Air Force heavy bomber base to London. It had three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. It was first occupied from September 1943 to April 1944 by the 55th...

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 May 2015 02:56:26 jimjohnson22 Changes to middlename
Sources

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Johns&GSiman=1&GSc...

Date Contributor Update
20 April 2015 17:47:10 jimjohnson22 Changes to place associations
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Corrected image

Date Contributor Update
20 April 2015 16:20:04 jimjohnson22 Changes to person associations
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www.398th.org

Date Contributor Update
20 April 2015 16:17:43 jimjohnson22 Changes to person associations
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www.398th.org

Date Contributor Update
20 April 2015 15:45:18 jimjohnson22 Changes to person associations
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www.398th.org

Date Contributor Update
20 April 2015 15:35:38 jimjohnson22 Changes to mission associations
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www.398th.org

Date Contributor Update
20 April 2015 04:03:53 jimjohnson22 Changes to service number
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Corrected typo

Date Contributor Update
20 April 2015 04:03:19 jimjohnson22 Changes to service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, person associations, unit associations and place associations
Sources

National Personnel Records Center in St Louis, Missouri, and the 398th Bomb Group web site (www.398th.org). I am also James Johnson's nephew, was named after him when I was born in December 9, 1944, and done research concerning his military history.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:14:43 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

398th History Vol II / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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