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John Charles Murphy


Killed in Action (KIA) at Regensburg in B-24 'Black Cat' #4295592
He had originally been scheduled to fly with the Harold Read Crew (Crew #494) but had swapped with the Radar Navigator that was scheduled to fly with the Farrington Crew because he had flown many missions with Farrington and was comfortable with that crew.



  • Richard Farrington

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) at Regensburg in B-24 'Black Cat' #4295592

  • Robert Harken

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group

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Units served with

  • 466th Bomb Group

    466th Bomb Group

    The 466th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Attlebridge, Norfolk, during the last year of the war in Europe. The Group flew 232 missions in the course of the year and celebrated the 100th one by inviting local people onto the base to mark the...

  • 784th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-95592 Black Cat

    B-24 Liberator
    On 21 April 1945 B-24 Liberator "Black Cat" became the last heavy bomber to be shot down in the European Theatre of Operations. ...

Associated Place

  • Attlebridge

    Military site : airfield
    Attlebridge was constructed for RAF use and completed to that standard in 1942. However, with news that it was to be assigned to the American Air Force, the runways were extended and additional hardstandings and outbuildings constructed for the heavy...

  • Regensburg

    Crash site


Event Location Date
Born West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA 7 February 1921
Died Scharmassing, 93083 Obertraubling, Germany 21 April 1945 – 21 April 1945

KIA when his B-24 #42-95592 "Black Cat" was shot down by flak.

Buried Broomall, PA, USA 1948

Glenwood Memorial Gardens
Delaware County
Pennsylvania, USA


Date Contributor Update
03 January 2017 18:16:38 466thHistorian Changes to service number

466th BG Roll of Honor

Date Contributor Update
07 April 2015 22:12:10 466thHistorian Changes to middlename, highest rank, role, biography, events, person associations and place associations

Attlebridge Arsenal - Brassfield & Wassom

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:15:47 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 14182 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database