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John Steven Kantor


Assigned to 547BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. Ben Mumper crew. 35 x combat missions. ETD

Awards: AM, 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. ...

  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb Group

    The 384th Bomb Group flew B-17s from Grafton Underwood, Northamptonshire, between May 1943 and June 1945. They were engaged in daylight bombing missions over Germany as part of the Allies' efforts to destroy the effectiveness of the Luftwaffe by...

  • 547th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-38013 "NEVADA AVENGER"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/11/43; New Castle 10/12/43; Presque Is 15/12/43; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-C] Grafton Underwood 21/1/44; sal battle damaged 27/4/44. NEVADA AVENGER. ...

  • 42-39888

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 29/9/43; Gr Island 19/10/43; Assigned 544BS/384BG [SU-B] Grafton Underwood 23/11/43; transferred 1 Base Air Depot, Burtonwood 2/5/45; 100+m, retUS Bradley 4/7/45; 2114 BU Lockbourn 13/7/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 21/10...

  • 42-97263 "LADY MARGARET"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 12/2/44; Dalhart 2/3/44; Kearney 1/4/44; Grenier 6/4/44; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-D] Grafton Underwood 15/4/44; crashed on take off with John Whiteside 10/1/45, Salvaged.

  • 43-38800 BUSY BUZZARD

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Hunter 24/9/44; Grenier 2/10/44; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-K] Grafton Underwood 6/10/44; battle damaged Zeitz 30/11/44 with ? ; abandoned over continent; transferred with group to Istres on mapping duties, Salvaged 9AF Germany 31/10/45....

  • 44-6135

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 10/5/44; Kearney 23/5/44; Dow Fd 30/5/44; Assigned 545BS/384BG [JD-J] Grafton Underwood 10/6/44; 547BS [SO-H], 546BS [BK-B]; battle damaged Cologne 10/1/45 with ?; force landed continent; Salvaged 22/1/45.

Associated Place

  • Grafton Underwood

    Military site : airfield
    Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...


Event Location Date
Born Bridgeport, CT 13 May 1921

Son of John and Susanna Kantor. Husband of Ida Kantor.

Enlisted Bridgeport, CT 24 September 1943
Based Grafton Underwood July 1944 – December 1944

Assigned to 547BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF.

Promotion 14 August 1944

Promoted to Staff Sergeant.

Discharged USAAF 22 September 1945

Honourable discharge.

Died Bridgeport, CT 17 June 1990