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John A Ashmead Jr.


Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 #42-29939 'Duchess'. Plane crashed into Baltic. Killed in Action (KIA).


Units served with


  • 42-29939

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 15/3/43; Walla Walla 28/3/43; Metropolitan 13/4/43; Presque Is 29/4/43; Assigned 338BS/96BG [BX-X] Snetterton 15/5/43 THE DUCHESS; Missing in Action Stettin 11/4/44 with Pilot:2Lt Bill Young, Co-pilot: 2 Lt Tom Hilton, Navigator:2Lt ...

Associated Place

  • Snetterton Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Intended to be an RAF bomber base, construction of Snetterton Heath started in Autumn 1942 but continued until mid-1943, because it was extended after allocation as an Eighth Air Force bomber base. It had eventually three concrete runways, 50...


Event Location Date
Born Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Killed in Action (KIA) North Sea 11 April 1944
Died 11 April 1944


Date Contributor Update
11 May 2020 00:38:00 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Added a "-" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:15:33 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 3810 / MACR 3810; Snetterton Falcons, pg 131 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database