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John Boyce Whitesides

Military

Assigned to 547BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. 33 x combat missions. 10-Jan-45 aboard B-17 42-97263 'Lady Margaret', A/C crashed on take off. RTD

Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Lee Bergner

    Military | Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 547BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. 10-Jan-45 aboard B-17 42-97263 'Lady Margaret', A/C crashed on take off. RTD Awards: AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Roland Dube

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 547BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. John Whitesides crew. 34 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM (4OLC), GC, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Emmett Dupas

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 547BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. John Whitesides crew. 29 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Robert Huff

    Military | Sergeant | Togglier | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 547BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. John Whiteside crew. 3 x combat missions. Seriously wounded in crash landing of B-17 42‑97263. Thrown, along with Navigator, though nose of A/C. WIA Awards: PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Alfred Miner

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 547BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. John Whitesides crew. 4 x combat missions. Seriously wounded in crash landing of B-17 42‑97263. Thrown, along with Togglier, though nose of A/C. WIA Awards: PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • John Moxley

    Military | Co-Pilot | 384th Bomb Group

  • Francis Sayers

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight engineer / Top turret | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 547BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. John Whitesides crew. 32 combat missions. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Howard Shields

    Military | Ball Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group

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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. ...

  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 384th Bomb Group flew B-17s from Grafton Underwood, Northamptonshire, between May 1943 and June 1945. They were engaged in daylight bombing missions over Germany as part of the Allies' efforts to destroy the effectiveness of the Luftwaffe by...

  • 547th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-38013 "NEVADA AVENGER"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/11/43; New Castle 10/12/43; Presque Is 15/12/43; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-C] Grafton Underwood 21/1/44; sal battle damaged 27/4/44. NEVADA AVENGER. ...

  • 42-97263 "LADY MARGARET"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 12/2/44; Dalhart 2/3/44; Kearney 1/4/44; Grenier 6/4/44; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-D] Grafton Underwood 15/4/44; crashed on take off with John Whiteside 10/1/45, Salvaged.

Associated Place

  • Grafton Underwood

    Military site : airfield
    Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Winter Haven, FL 19 March 1922

Son of John Brown and Roberta C Whitesides.

Enlisted Miami Beach, FL 31 January 1943

Miami Beach, Florida

Based Grafton Underwood 1944 – 1945

Assigned to 547BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF.

A/C crash RTD Grafton Underwood, UK 10 January 1945

10-Jan-45 aboard B-17 42-97263 'Lady Margaret', A/C crashed on take off. RTD

Died Winter Haven, FL 24 May 2010
Buried Oaklawn Cemetery, Winter Haven, Polk County, FL 27 May 2010

Oaklawn Cemetery
Winter Haven, Polk County, Florida

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 July 2020 12:12:03 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/607628423
https://www.fold3.com/record/84023066-john-b-whitesides
https://www.fold3.com/record/111404062-john-boyce-whitesides
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/52888895/john-boyce-whitesides

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:15:44 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

AAIR 45--0-10-519 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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