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John Francis Dwyer Jr.


Crashed near Stellnau in B-17 #43-38518, Killed in Action (KIA).

Lt. Dwyer was a member of the International Guards before Pearl Harbor and first served with the Infantry, then being transferred to the Air Corps. He received his training at Santa Anna, Cal., Las Vegas, Nev., Carlsbad, NM, and Avon Park, Fla.

He was overseas from July 1944, and had completed twelve missions. Lt. Dwyer received the Presidential Group Citatoin and a posthumous Purple Heart.


Units served with

  • 351st Bomb Group

    351st Bomb Group

    The 351st Bomb Group flew strategic bombing missions from their base at Polebrook, Northamptonshire from April 1943 to June 1945. The Group's most famous member was Hollywood actor Clark Gable, who flew four/ five missions with them as an observer...

  • 511th Bomb Squadron


  • 43-38518

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 11/8/44; Hunter 22/8/44; Grenier 6/9/44; Assigned 511BS/351BG [DS-N] Polebrook 21/9/44; Missing in Action 4m Nurnberg 3/10/44 with Chas Cregar, Sanford Groendyke, Jim Timmie, Ed Huth, Elwood Zigenfus, Chas Weller, Cecil McWhorter,...


  • 662

    3 October 1944

Associated Place

  • Polebrook

    Military site : airfield
    Polebrook was laid down for RAF Bomber Command use in 1940-1941. Built by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd, it had short runways which were lengthened for USAAF heavy bomber use. The RAF used the base for operational trials - including of B-17 Flying...


Event Location Date
Born Niamisburg, Ohio, USA
Died 3 October 1944
Lived in Massachusetts, USA


Date Contributor Update
10 May 2020 03:24:01 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Added a "-" to the A/C serial # in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
23 February 2017 19:43:04 StratasFan Changes to middlename, suffix, service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events, mission associations and media associations

Info from the Sylva Herald Ruralite and assorted military records, including the St. Avold Cemetery records.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:16:00 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 9358 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database