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John L Davis


Reported to group on 29 Aug 1944. Flew 35 missions mostly in B-17G "Lassie Come Home" #43-37715. Minor flak damage on several missions, no crew injured or lost. Flew missions from 13 Sept 44 to 08 Jan 45.
On mission to Cologne on 09/27/1944 (4 days after turning 21yrs old) had five bombs hung up due to flak damage, turbo control wires cut, engines overspeeded, lost generators, radios,inter-phones, gun turrets, all electrical systems, pilot side aileron controls cut. stayed in formation until over friendly territory landed on non operational airfield in northeastern France 10 miles from Belgium. Landed on runway that had been mined by retreating Germans. Batteries were completely dead and aircraft could not be taxied-was towed by truck until the plane got stuck in a filled in bomb crater. crew was flown back to England on 09/30/44 on C47 Deceased in 1986



Units served with

  • 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    Constituted as 306th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 28 Jan 1942. Activated on 1 Mar 1942. Trained for combat with B-17's. Moved to England, Aug-Sep 1942, and assigned to Eighth AF Eighth Air Force in September 1942 Station 111 Thurleigh. During combat,...

  • 369th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-97181 'Steady Hedy'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 6/2/44; Hunter 22/2/44; Morrison 5/3/44; Dow Fd 8/4/44; Assigned 327BS/92BG [UX-X] Podington 9/4/44; transferred 369BS/306BG [WW-B] Thurleigh 25/4/44; 327BS/92BG [UX-X] Podington 9/5/45 to; 139m, Salvaged 31/10/45. STEADY HEDY. ...

Associated Place

  • Thurleigh

    Military site : airfield
    Built for RAF use in 1941-42, Thurleigh was initially used by RAF Bomber Command before being handed over to the Eighth Air Force. Its runways and hardstandings were improved, and the B-17s of the 306th Bomb Group began using the base. It was their...


Event Location Date
Born Seattle, Washington 23 September 1922
Died 17 April 1987
Buried Encinitas, California


Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:16:22 AAM AAM ingest

306th BG Association Directory, 1 September 1999 Edition/son, 306th BGA Collection, Russell Strong Index Cards, First Over Germany pg 280 & 299, / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia /