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John D Ellis


Killed in Action (KIA) or KIS 12 August 1944. Aircraft aborted raid to Juvicour Airfield due to weather and crashed with full bomb load near Cheshunt. Possibly collided with 398th BG B-17. Pilot Ellis credited by locals with keeping his plane in the air long enough to prevent crash into the town. Road in Cheshunt named 'Lieutenant Ellis Way' in his honor.

AM w/ 2 Oak Leaf Cluster


Units served with

  • 392nd Bomb Group

    392nd Bomb Group

    The 392nd Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators out of Wendling, Norfolk from August 1943 until April 1945. They were the first Group to be given B-24H Liberators, the first B-24 model that was fitted with a nose turret on the production line, an adaptation...

  • 577th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-95023

    B-24 Liberator
    This aircraft transferred to the 392nd Bomb Group (H) from the 492nd Bomb Group (H) after the mission on 6th August 1944. The 492nd, based at North Pickenham, had suffered heavy losses and was effectively wound down after 6th August '44, with remaining...

Associated Place

  • Wendling

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Wendling was home to the 392nd Bomb Group from 1943 to 1945. Built in 1942, it was originally planned to be an RAF Bomber Command airfield. Improvement and expansion works were carried out in 1942 and 1943 prior to the arrival of the 392nd and...


Event Location Date
Born California
Died Cheshunt, UK 12 August 1944

At Maxwell Farm, Cheshunt, Herts, UK



Date Contributor Update
13 February 2018 14:43:19 Lucy May Changes to biography and events

Added John D Ellis' name to the digital Roll of Honour in the American Air Museum at IWM Duxford.

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

ABMC/ Freeman, Mighty Eighth War Diary/ Photos provided by anonymous British vistor 7 September 2002 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia