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John A Latchford Jr


Shot down 8 November 1942 in B-17 41-24472 while serving as Bombardier. Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag Luft 1.


Units served with

  • 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    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,...

  • 369th Bomb Squadron


  • 41-24472

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24472 was assigned 369BS/306BG Westover 19-August-1942; Thurleigh 2-October-1942. The aircraft was shot down 8-Nov-42 by enemy fighters and AA fire while on a mission to bomb the Actlier d' Hellemmes locomotive factory at Lille, France. The...


  • VIII Bomber Command 17

    8 November 1942
    Two Primary (P) targets are the objects of this mission: the German airfield of Drucat at Abbeville, France and the Atclier d'Hellemmes locomotive works at Lille, France. 91BG despatches 15 B-17s to Abbeville and 301BG and 306BG despatch a combined...

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...


Event Location Date
Prisoner of War (POW) Vogelsang, 18356 Barth, Germany 8 November 1942 – 12 May 1945

Held at Stalag Luft 1, Barth-Vogelsang, Prussia. Officially Returned to Military Control (RMC) 12-May-45.

Died 5 November 1975


Date Contributor Update
22 November 2014 22:45:41 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, awards, events, place associations and aircraft associations

Lee Cunningham 22-Nov-2014 Aircraft connection per MACT 16133. Added POW event per National Archives records Administration (NARA) WWII POW database.

Date Contributor Update
29 October 2014 23:29:23 Lee8thbuff Changes to mission associations

Lee Cunningham 29-Oct-2014. Mission connection.

Date Contributor Update
29 October 2014 22:27:51 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography

Lee Cunningham 29-Oct-2014. National Archives Records Administration (NARA) WWII POW database

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:15:36 AAM AAM ingest

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. 44 , MACR 16133, First Over Germany pg. 41 & 67