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John Boyd McCullen


Assigned to 545BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 12-Aug-43 on mission to oil refinery in Germany in B17 42-29933, landed with severe bomb damage.

Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.



  • Arvid Dahl

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 2 tours (47 missions) Schweinfurt August 1943 and 14 October 1943; acting C. O. 524th Sq August - November 1944; Pilot B-17 first (and only) glide bomb mission on Cologne 1943; flew only squadron Group Wing leads...

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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...

  • 545th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-29933 'Lucky Lady'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 14/3/43; Gore 31/3/43; Presque Is 8/4/43; Assigned 338BS/96BG 17/4/43 GREEN FURY II; re-named LUCKY LADY; transferred 524BS/379BG [WA-M] Kimbolton 12/7/43; battle damaged Gelsenkirchen 12/8/43 with Capt Lloyd Mason, Co-pilot: Arvid...

  • 42-31040 Duffy's Tavern

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 13/9/43; Scott 21/9/43; Assigned 527BS/379BG [FO-A] Kimbolton 27/9/43. [The crewmen shown in FRE 1236 would have been Captain Arvid Dahl's crew: ...

Associated Place

  • Kimbolton

    Military site : airfield
    Planned for RAF use, Kimbolton airfield was built by W and C French Ltd. in 1941. The airfield was increased in size to accommodate a full US heavy Bomb Group, and the first such unit to us it was the 91st Bomb Group, who arrived in September 1942....


Event Location Date
Born Atlantic County, NJ 21 November 1920

Son of George W and Marybell [Boyd] McCullen.

Enlisted Camden, NJ 13 July 1942

Camden, New Jersey

Based Kimbolton 1943 – 1944

Assigned to 545BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF.

Discharged USAF 1 November 1965
Died Egg Harbor Township, NJ 4 December 2003


Date Contributor Update
28 June 2020 19:22:29 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:15:43 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol I by Bishop & Hey p. 232