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John Edward Callahan


Killed in Action (KIA), went down in sea and one of two crewmembers unable to rescue



  • Harry Crouse

    Military | First Lieutenant | 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...

  • 787th Bomb Squadron



  • 545

    12 August 1944

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...


Event Location Date
Born Michigan
Died English Channel approx 40 miles west of The Hague 12 August 1944

Lost after successfully escaping his aircraft with the rest of his crew after it was ditched in the English Channel about 40 miles west of The Hague. The life rafts did not automatically deploy. Finally five of the crew were able to inflate one raft and set off after the other 5 members who were in the water. After a group of three were rescued they were unable to again locate Callahan and the Co-Pilot Richard Van Muster. Both presumed lost to drowning/hypothermia


No Known Grave
Tablets of The Missing
Cambridge American Cemetery


Date Contributor Update
19 August 2016 03:14:22 466thHistorian Changes to service number, highest rank, events, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations, mission associations and media associations

Attlebridge Diaries - John Woolnough
page 105

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:15:58 AAM AAM ingest

Combat Chronology p. 298 and niece / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia