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John William Disher

Military

Served as Ball Turret Gunner when shot down on 6 September 1943 in B-17 #42-29965. Plane ditched in Channel. Slighly injured in the ditching, returned to base like the other nine men on board who were rescued by a French boat. Flew a total of 25 missions with the 92nd Bomb Group.
Flew on a second tour with the 100th Bomb Group and was killed on his 12th operation with that Group on the 18 March 1945 mission to Berlin. He served as Radar Controller/Spot Jammer that day on board B-17 # 43-38861. Killed in Action (KIA) near "Gage" (?), Germany in B-17 'Sweet Nancy II' #43-38861.

Service

People

  • David Ackerman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 18 March 1945 in AC #43-38861, Berlin. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • David Besbris

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    David Bresbis was a Navigator in the 92nd Bomb Group/407th Bomb Squadron. He was serving in that function on B-17 #42-29965 when it ditched for lack of fuel in the English Channel on return from the 6 September 1943 to Stuttgart, Germany. All ten men...

  • Fred Champion

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier; Togglier; Waist Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Fred Champion was assigned to the 92nd Bomb Group/407th Bomb Squadron in England. He was serving as Waist Gunner on board B-17 #42-29996 on the 17 July 1943 mission to Stuttgart, with Pilot Captain Donald G. Parker. Badly damaged by enemy fighters, the...

  • William Danielson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Gage in B-17 'Sweet Nancy II' #43-38861

  • Laurence Dennis

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Laurence Dennis graduated from Farmington Community High School in the class of 1938. After his enlistment in the Air Corps in September 1941, he trained as a Radio Operator at Scott Field. Sent overseas, he was assigned to the 92nd Bomb Group/407th...

  • Rolland Galloway

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    After his enlistment in August 1942, Rolland Galloway followed gunnery training. Promoted to Staff Sergent, he was sent overseas and assigned as a Tail Gunner in the 92nd Bomb Group/407th Bomb Squadron in England. He was Tail Gunner on B-17 #42-29965...

  • John Geegee

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    John Geegee enlisted in the Air Corps in July 1942 and trained first at Miami Beach, and Fort Myers, Florida. He followed gunnery courses in Goldsboro and Johnson Field, South Carolina, receiving his gunner's wings at Fort Myers, Florida. He was then...

  • Joseph Griego

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    Shot down 18 March 1945 in AC #43-38861. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Edward Gwin

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Gage in B-17 'Sweet Nancy II' #43-38861

  • Herbert Hamann

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Gage on 18 Mar 45 in B-17 'Sweet Nancy II' #43-38861. 31 missions. Air Medal w 4/Oak Leaf Cluster. EAME Medal with 4 bronze stars, Good Conduct Medal

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Units served with

  • 100th Bomb Group

    100th Bomb Group

    Group
    "The Bloody Hundredth", so-called because of a reputation for losing a high number aircraft and crews, flew B-17s from Thorpe Abbotts, Norfolk. Their losses were not the highest of any Eighth Air Force Group but on several occasions the Group lost many...

  • 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    Group
    The 92nd Group sometime after arrivial in the UK converted to the role of in-theater combat crew indocrination and training. For this role, the Group traded its B-17F complement and obtained the B-17E, mostly from the 97th BG which was departing for...

  • 351st Bomb Squadron
  • 407th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-29965

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 18 March 43; Gore 28 March 1943; Presque Isle 5 May 1943; Assigned 333BS/94BG Earls Colne 12 May 1943; Rougham 13 June 1943; transferred 407BS/92BG [PY-L] Alconbury 26 July 1943; Missing in Action Stuttgart 6 September 1943 with,...

  • 43-38861 Sweet Nancy II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Hunter 30/9/44; Grenier 11/10/44; Assigned 351BS/100BG [EP-M] Thorpe Abbotts 13/10/44; Missing in Action Berlin 18/3/45 with Ed Gwin, Bill Danielson, Ray Uhler, John Disher (4 Killed in Action); Don Reichel, Bob Landino, Dave Ackerman, Herb...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 91

    6 September 1943
    This mission was planned as massive attack of 338 B-17s on the industrial areas of Stuttgart, Germany and would be supported by a formation of 69 B-24s flying a diversion. This would be the first action from the UK for the B-24 Groups that had recently...

  • 894

    18 March 1945

Associated Place

  • Alconbury

    Military site : airfield
    Alconbury had been constructed as a satellite airfield for RAF Upwood and Wyton and was used by RAF Squadrons: Nos. 15, 40 and 156. In preparation for the arrival of American heavy bombers, the base was developed in 1942 with the runways extended. When...

  • Podington

    Military site : airfield
    Built originally to accommodate two RAF bomber squadrons, the first USAAF unit to occupy the base was the 15th Bomb Squadron in September 1942. Podington was then used as a satellite for nearby Chelveston. Work to lengthen the runways, although this...

  • Thorpe Abbotts

    Military site : airfield
    Home of the 'Bloody Hundredth’, a Bomb Group with a reputation for high casualty rates, Thorpe Abbotts was under USAAF control from June 1943 to the end of the war. Some of the airfield survives today, and the control tower houses the 100th Bomb Group...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Missouri, United States 1923
Lived in Fredericktown, Madison County, Missouri, United States 1941
Enlisted Jefferson Barracks, St Louis, Missouri, United States 12 December 1941

as a Private in the Air Corps

Rescued English Channel 6 September 1943

Was Ball Turret Gunner on board of 42-29965, which went down in the Channel for lack of fuel on return from the Stuttgart mission. All ten men on board rescued by a French boat.

Killed In Action (KIA) near Magdeburg, Germany 18 March 1945

serving as Radar Controller/Spot Jammer on B-17 # 43-38861 - mission to Berlin.

Buried

Initially buried in Germany, John Disher's remains were reburied at Margraten after the war. He rests at Plot C, Row 18, Grave 1.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
02 December 2016 08:32:19 ED-BB Changes to biography and events
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Modified detail in Bio (rescue 6 September 1943)

Date Contributor Update
29 November 2016 09:37:42 Lucy May Changes to biography and unit associations
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Brought in information from duplicate record. Sources:
Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 13144 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / user 'broncobob78'

Date Contributor Update
29 November 2016 08:31:33 ED-BB Changes to media associations
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Added photo

Date Contributor Update
28 November 2016 11:42:48 ED-BB Changes to media associations
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Added photo

Date Contributor Update
28 November 2016 11:18:02 ED-BB Changes to service number, role, biography, awards, events, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 13144
NARA WWI Enlistment Records
https://100thbg.com/index.php?option=com_bombgrp&view=personnel&id=2094&...
https://100thbg.com/index.php?option=com_bombgrp&view=personnel&id=1316&...

Date Contributor Update
18 June 2015 02:04:26 broncobob78 Changes to middlename, nickname and unit associations
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Per his nephew

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:16:46 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Roll of Honor, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop & Hey pp. 268, 341

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