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John A Creamer Jr

Military

Shot down 9 November 1942 in B-17 41-24486 'Man O War' while serving as Bombardier. Plane crashed in to Channel. His remains were lost at sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

Service

People

  • James Stewart

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Aircraft B-17 41-24486 sustained damage from AA fire on mission to St. Nazaire, France 9-Nov-42 and crashed into the sea on return. 2Lt Stewart was the pilot. His remains were lost at sea.

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Units served with

  • 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    Group
    Constituted as 306th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 28 Jan 1942. Activated on 1 Mar 1942. Trained for combat with B-17's. Moved to England, Aug-Sep 1942, and assigned to Eighth AF Eighth Air Force in September 1942 Station 111 Thurleigh. During combat,...

  • 367th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24468

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 3689BS/306BG Westover 20/8/42; Thurleigh 13/10/42; CCRC 26/3/43; Salvaged NBD 31/5/45. WA-HOO!

  • 41-24486 Man O' War

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24486 'Man O' War' assigned 306BG/367BS Westover 17-August-42; Thurleigh 13-October-1942; Missing in Action on mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St Nazaire, France. 9-Nov-1942. Hit by flak KO’d #2, with two others damaged, crashed into the...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 18

    9 November 1942
    The U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are the target of this mission conducted by a combined force of 33 B-17s from 91BG and 306BG together with a combined force of 14 B-24s from 44BG and 93BG. The B-24 formation bombs from altitudes between 17,500 ft...

Associated Place

  • Thurleigh

    Military site : airfield
    Built for RAF use in 1941-42, Thurleigh was initially used by RAF Bomber Command before being handed over to the Eighth Air Force. Its runways and hardstandings were improved, and the B-17s of the 306th Bomb Group began using the base. It was their...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Kentucky, USA 1919
Lived in Louisville, KY, USA 1941
Enlisted Indianapolis, IN, USA 7 October 1941

Fort Benjamin Harrison

Killed in Action (KIA) Saint-Nazaire, France 9 November 1942

Killed when aircraft was shot down and crashed into the harbour at St. Nazaire, France. His remains were never recovered.

Commemorated Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial, Madingley Road, Coton, Cambridgeshire CB23 7PH, UK 1945

Commemorated on the Wall of the Missing, Cambridge American Cemetery.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 March 2016 22:45:45 466thHistorian Changes to events, person associations, aircraft associations and media associations
Sources

http://www.8thafhsoregon.com/archive/306th/

Date Contributor Update
23 November 2014 21:30:39 Lee8thbuff Changes to events and aircraft associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 23-Nov-2014. Added KIA event per MACR 16172 and Commemoration event per American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) record.

Date Contributor Update
30 October 2014 18:09:29 Lee8thbuff Changes to service number, biography, awards, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 30-Oct-2014. Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) 16172; American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC)

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

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Roll of Honor, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. 1 by Bishop and Hey p. 45 MACR 16172

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