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John Michael Bentley


Assigned to 376FS, 361FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited 1 x kill. Failed to Return (FTR) strafing mission to Fritzlar A/D mid air collision with P-47 flown by Lt Robert O Comstock shearing off the rear fuselage near the supercharger. Baled out of P-47 42-22756 which crashed near Rhenen. Prisoner Of War (POW). MACR 3896.

Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.


Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 355th Fighter Group

    355th Fighter Group

    Where the 353rd Fighter Group had pioneered ground strafing techniques, it was the 355th Fighter Group who destroyed more enemy aircraft by ground strafing than any other Eighth Air Force Group. Based at Steeple Morden from July 1943 to July 1945, the...

  • 361st Fighter Group

    361st Fighter Group

    The 361st Fighter Group was the last P-47 Thunderbolt Group to join the Eighth Air Force. Between 21 January 1944 and 20 April 1945, the Group flew 441 missions, the majority in an escort role in support of bombers flying over occupied Europe. The...

  • 354th Fighter Squadron
  • 376th Fighter Squadron


  • 42-22756

    P-47 Thunderbolt

  • 42-22784 'Goona' 'Moon'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 376FS, 361FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 357FS, 355FG, 8AF, became war weary and a training aircraft for squadron. Transferred to 5th Emergency Rescue Squadron.

Associated Place

  • Bottisham

    Military site : airfield
    The P-47 Thunderbolts of the 361st Fighter Group damaged the surfaces of the airfield so much in the first months of flying from Bottisham that American engineers were called in to lay a new runway. In January 1944 they constructed a 1,470-yard-long...


Event Location Date
Lived in Niagara Falls, NY, USA 1941
Based Bottisham 1943 – 15 April 1944

Assigned to 376FS, 361FG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Avalon, NJ 08202, USA 13 May 1943

Belly Landing due to Engine Failure Holiday Beach, Avalon, NJ Cat 4 damage 2Lt John M Bentley, 13-May-43.

P-47D 42-22332 - 354FS 355FG

Promoted Bottisham, Cambridge CB25, UK 1944

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

Crashed Bottisham, Cambridge CB25, UK 28 February 1944

Crashed Belly Landing Bottisham/Sta 374 Cat 3 damage 2Lt John M Bentley, 28-Feb-44.

P-47D 42-22784 - 376FS 361FG 8AF

E/A Destroyed France 6 March 1944

Fw190 destroyed France.

Mid air collision / baled out Rhenen, Netherlands 15 April 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) strafing mission to Fritzlar A/D mid air collision. Baled out of P-47 42-22756 which crashed near Rhenen. Prisoner Of War (POW). MACR 3896.

Prisoner Of War (POW) Barth, Germany 15 April 1944 – May 1945

Prisoner Of War (POW). Stalag Luft I.


Date Contributor Update
03 November 2016 19:47:31 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:16:25 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 3896 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list