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John Stemmerman


While on an operational mission to Cherbourg, France on 21 Jan 1944 in B-24H-5-CF #41-29208 "SHOO-SHOO BABY" a target marker went off in the bomb bay forcing four Gunners to bailed out. John delayed opening his chute and landed undetected and unharmed. He hid his parachute and himself. That evening he commenced walking to Spain. He slept during the day. Guided through the Pyrenees, he found a Spanish seaport and boarded a ship to England. He returned to Seething after evading capture. The other three crew members were captured and sent to POW camps.


Units served with

  • 448th Bomb Group

    448th Bomb Group

    The 448th Bombardment Group was organized on 6 April 1943 and activated on 1 May 1943 at Gowen Field, near Boise, Idaho. The initial training of the air crews took place in Florida. The entire group was assembled Wendover Field, Utah. Both air and...

  • 712th Bomb Squadron


  • 41-29208 "Shoo-Shoo Baby"

    B-24 Liberator
    Originally assigned to 448th Bomb Group, 712th Bomb Squadron before transfer to 44th Bomb Group, 66th Bomb Squadron. Nose turret removed and nose modified to incorporate a B-26 Bell power boost unit, top and ball turrets and other armor removed 14 Apr...

Associated Place

  • Seething

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1942-43 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, Seething had three concrete runways, 51 hardstandings of both loop and 'frying-pan’ types, and two T2 hangars, one on each side of the airfield. It was home to the 448th Bomb Group, equipped with...


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Date Contributor Update
23 October 2020 00:57:09 dmccullo Changes to highest rank and role

Updated job description.

Date Contributor Update
22 October 2020 20:14:41 dmccullo Changes to biography, place associations and aircraft associations

Details added about John Stemmerman evading capture from Bill McCullah's of Crew 11, 712th BS eyewitness account of the incident described in his memoirs.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:15:32 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / SO#150, 6th Heavy Bomb.Proc HQ, Herington, Kansas 5 Nov 43, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces