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John Stafford Atwater


Assigned to 434FS, 479FG, 8AF USAAF. End of War (EOW).

Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

Post War: Celebrated FBI agent who later became Police Chief of the Village of North Palm Beach.


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. ...

  • 479th Fighter Group

    479th Fighter Group

    The 479th was the last Fighter Group to join the Eighth Air Force, which they did on 14 May 1944. Known as "Riddle's Raiders", after their first Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Kyle L. Riddle, the Group flew escort and fighter sweep missions before D-Day....

  • 434th Fighter Squadron

Associated Place

  • Wattisham

    Military site : airfield
    Built in 1938 as a medium bomber station with a grass airfield, Wattisham was occupied by the RAF until handed over to the Eighth Air Force in September 1942. The 68th Observation Group was the first American unit to occupy the station from October to...


Event Location Date
Born St Johns County, FL, USA 28 October 1923

Son of John G and Celeste [Brown] Atwater.

Enlisted South Bend, IN, USA 10 December 1942
Assigned Wattisham, Ipswich IP7, UK 23 January 1945 – May 1945

Assigned to 434FS, 479FG, 8AF USAAF.

End of War (EOW) Europe May 1945

End of War (EOW).

Died North Palm Beach, FL, USA 24 August 2001
Buried Sebring, FL, USA September 2001

Pinecrest Cemetery ,
Highlands County,
Florida, USA.


Date Contributor Update
23 August 2018 12:17:45 Doug Atwater Changes to nickname and events

I am the son of John S. Atwater

Date Contributor Update
17 August 2016 15:49:14 general ira snapsorter Changes to events

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia;
- Unit roster in THE 479th FIGHTER GROUP Ref D790.G479

Date Contributor Update
31 July 2016 09:51:13 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:16:38 AAM AAM ingest

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list