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John McCleary

Military

Killed in Action (KIA) 31 July 1944 Shot down by flak and crashed at Schleissheim in B-17 Devil's Luck #4232030

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Service

People

  • Ora Castrup

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by flak and crashed at Schleissheim in B-17 Devil's Luck #4232030

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Units served with

  • 388th Bomb Group

    388th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 388th Bomb Group flew strategic bombing mission from Knettishall, Suffolk from June 1943 to the end of the war. During this time, though, detachments were sent to Fersfield, Norfolk to conduct Aphrodite missions. In these Aphrodite missions veteran...

  • 561st Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-32030 Devil's Luck

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 17/1/44; Gr Island 4/2/44; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 11/2/44; Missing in Action Munich 31/7/44 with Ora Castrup, Co-pilot: Joe DeRidder, Navigator: Harvey Dellward, Bombardier: Chester Pluta, Flight engineer/top turret gunner:...

Associated Place

  • Knettishall

    Military site : airfield
    Knettishall was built to Class A standard for an American Bomb Group that would be bringing up to forty heavy bombers with them in three or four Squadrons. The 388th Bomb Group, which stayed at Knettishall for their entire service in the ETO, flew B-17...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Yale, Michigan
Died Schleissheim, Oberschleißheim, Germany 31 July 1944
Buried

Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial • Neuville-en-Condroz, Arrondissement de Liège, Liège, Belgium
Plot D Row 38 Grave 5

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 February 2018 04:33:57 466thHistorian Changes to highest rank and events
Sources

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56359684

Date Contributor Update
21 February 2018 14:51:01 Lucy May Changes to events and place associations
Sources

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56359684/john-mccleary

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:15:30 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

ABMC MACR 7744 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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