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John A Leary


Shot down 6 September 1943 in B-17 42-29896 'Tondelayo'. Plane ditched in Channel. Returned to base.

3 Purple Hearts, Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster



  • Bohn Fawkes

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 527BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 25 combat missions. Shot down 6-Sep-43 in B-17 42-29896 'Tondelayo'. Plane ditched in Channel. Returned to base. Awards: DFC, AM (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

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Units served with

  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb Group

    The 379th Bomb Group (H) (heavy), based at Kimbolton, flew more sorties than any other Bomb Group in the Eighth Air Force and dropped a greater bomb tonnage than any other Group. The B-17 Flying Fortress Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit...

  • 527th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-29896 Tondelayo

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 5/3/43; Sioux City 20/3/43; Tinker 28/3/43; Kearney 8/4/43; Dow Fd 16/4/43. ...


Event Location Date
Born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 3 February 1923
Shot down / RTD English Channel 6 September 1943
Died 16 September 1999
Buried Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St Louis, Missouri


Date Contributor Update
12 August 2020 20:38:56 jmoore43 Changes to biography and events

Removed a space in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.
Added a "Shot down" event per info in the "Summary biography".

Date Contributor Update
26 October 2017 11:55:42 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography and aircraft associations

Associated correct aircraft.

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 / Mighty Eighth Air Force Heritage Museum Membership List, July 2000; Roll of Honor, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop & Hey p. 271