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John B Gardner Jr

Military

Service

Units served with

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...

  • 412th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-30255 'Lonesome Polecat'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 4/5/43; Smoky Hill 14/5/43; Tinker 25/5/43; Smoky Hill 29/5/43; Dow Fd 31/5/43; Assigned 351BG Polebrook 10/6/43; transferred 412BS/95BG [QW-V] Horham 16/6/43; battle damage on 13/11/43 Ball turret gunner: E.J. Castona (wia),Tail...

  • 42-30322 'Liberty Belle' 'Patches'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 14-May-43; Kearney 30-May-43; Dow Field, Bangor, Maine 2-Jun-43; Assigned 412BS/95BG [QW-P] Horham 15-Jun-43; on Munster raid 10-Oct-43 with Bill Owen, Radio Operator: Sgt Cain WIA in throat, but rescued by RAF ASR, but ship limped...

  • 42-31054 'Irish Luck'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 13/9/43; Assigned 412BS/95BG [QW-Q] Horham 7/10/43; 19m Missing in Action Brunswick 10/2/44 with Clark Huddleston, Co-pilot: Jim Gholson, Navigator: Henry Levine, Bombardier: Earl McKenna, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Don...

  • 42-37876 Struggle Bunny, Batcha’s Patches, Miss Raps-O-D

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 28/9/43; Gr Island 21/10/43; Assigned 412BS/95BG [QW-S] Horham 3/11/43; 30m, Missing in Action Rostock 11/4/44 with Gene Schiapacasse, Co-pilot: Dave Janofskyburied Suaneke, on Bornholm Is, Den, Navigator: Henry Kress, Bombardier:...

  • 42-37882 'Hard Time' 'A-Good-Bett' 'Blues in the Reich'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 4/10/43; Gr Island 22/10/43; Assigned 412BS/95BG [QW-T] Horham 18/11/43; force landed Ghent, Bel. with H.C. Coffman 15/10/44; force landed A-70 Laon-Couvron, France with R.E. Chrystal (9 Returned to Duty) force landed B-53 Merville,...

  • 42-39869 'Heaven Can Wait'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 25/9/43; Gr Island 6/10/43; Assigned 412BS/95BG [QW-R] Horham 15/10/43; Ball turret gunner: Joe Lintelman (Killed in Action) 18/3/44; 42m, Missing in Action Rostock 11/4/44 with Rich Bannerman, Co-pilot: Wallace Lillo, Navigator:...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 104

    27 September 1943
    The industrial areas of Emden, Germany are the targets for this two-element mission. The first element is a combined force of 141 B-17s despatched from 3rd Bomb Division and include the 94BG (19); 95BG (22); 96BG (21); 100BG (20); 385BG (18); 399BG (20...

  • VIII Bomber Command 111

    8 October 1943
    The shipyards and industrial areas of Bremen, Germany are the primary targets for this mission, but cloud cover causes some formations to bomb targets of opportunity. The attacking elements have been summarized below: ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 116

    20 October 1943
    The primary target for this mission is the industrial areas of Duren, Germany. The mission is composed of three elements. The first element is a combined formation of 103 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that includes: 91BG (3); 92BG (14); 303BG (19);...

  • VIII Bomber Command 119

    3 November 1943
    October 1943 turned out to be the worst loss rate for 8th Air Force for the entire war. 2,145 B-17s and 303 B-24s had been dispatched on missions. 163 B-17s had been lost (lost rate 7.5991%) and 9 B-24s were lost (loss rate 2.9703%). These loss rates...

  • VIII Bomber Command 121

    5 November 1943
    Having had good success with P-38 escorts and limiting penetration depth into Germany this mission is directed at the railroad marshaling yards and oil refinery at Gelsenkirchen, Germany. In addition the marshaling yards at Munster, Germany are also...

  • VIII Bomber Command 124

    7 November 1943
    This mission is composed of two elements. The first element is a force of 59 B-17s of 1st Bomb Division including 91BG (18) 351BG (20); and 381BG (21) despatched to bomb the industrial areas of Wesel, Germany. Failure of the Oboe equipment results in a...

  • VIII Bomber Command 134

    19 November 1943
    The primary target for this mission was Gelsenkirchen, Germany by adverse weather conditions and failure of the PFF equipment caused al formations to seek out targets of opportunity along the German-Dutch border. The force was composed of 168 B-17s...

  • VIII Bomber Command 138

    26 November 1943
    The industrial areas of Bremen, Germany are the target for this massive mission (largest to date) of 505 B-17s which included 14 B-17 Pathfinders from 482BG spread among the B-17 formations - 13 of these completed the mission and 7 were damaged. ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 140

    29 November 1943
    This is another massive raid on Bremen, Germany by a force of 360 B-17s. The mission is composed of two elements. The first element is a combined force of 182 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that included: 94BG (40); 95BG (20); 96BG (41); 100BG (20);...

  • VIII Bomber Command 143

    30 November 1943
    This mission is directed at a single target - the industrial areas of Solingen, Germany. The mission consists of three elements. The first element is a force of 221 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that included: 91BG (24); 92BG (20); 303BG (20); 305BG (16...

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
28 November 2015 07:12:28 MikeSoCal Changes to service number, awards, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Performance record for S/Sgt John B. Gardner stationed at Army Air Forces Station 119 completed by Chester P. Gilger Colonel

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:15:41 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / http://95thbg.org/95th_db_pages/left_formation_code/gethonoroll.php

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