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John D Claxton


Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed at Redefin on 1/14/45 in B-17 'Yankee Maid' #43-37933


Units served with

  • 487th Bomb Group

    487th Bomb Group

    The 487th Bomb Group began operations as preparations for D-Day were reaching their crescendo and played their part by bombing airfields in northern France. Like the 486th Bomb Group, the 487th switched to B-17 Flying Fortress for missions from 1...

  • 838th Bomb Squadron


  • 43-37933 'YANKEE MAID'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 6/6/44; Kearney 18/6/44; Grenier 1/7/44; Assigned 838BS/487BG Lavenham 2/7/44; Missing in Action Derben, Ger 14/1/45 with Harry Nyland, Bill Rhett, Ray Litka, John Claxton, Angelo Ovial, Saverio Costantino, Francis Wetzel, Ed Kolb (8...


Event Location Date
Born Phoneix, Arizona, USA
Prisoner of War (POW) Germany 14 January 1945

Dulag Luft Grosstychow Dulag 12


Date Contributor Update
28 February 2020 03:36:32 jmoore43 Changes to biography and events

Corrected the date for POW event & the "Summary biography" per MACR 11732 at

Date Contributor Update
28 February 2020 03:03:13 jmoore43 Changes to service number, biography and events

Added S/N and POW camp information from WW2 POW records at the National Archives (NARA).
Added a "-" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" for clarity.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:15:49 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 11732 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database