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John Y Bear

Military

Returned from operations and crash landed in Carpetbaggers mission in ac 42-50584 on August 6/7, 1944

Service

Units served with

  • 467th Bomb Group

    467th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 467th Bomb Group, or the "Rackheath Aggies" as they came to be known, flew B-24 Liberators on missions from April 1944. Its air crews became known for their accuracy and the Group had the best overall standing for accuracy within the Eighth Air...

  • 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)

    492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)

    Group
    The 492nd Bomb Group were assigned to the 8th Air Force in April 1944. They flew 60 missions over occupied Europe from 11 May 1944 until 7 August 1944. ...

  • 801st Bomb Group

    801st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 801st Bomb Group was established as part of the Eighth Air Force in late March 1944 to carry out 'Carpetbagger' missions. These were night missions over France and other parts of occupied Europes to support resistance forces by dropping in agents,...

  • 788th Bomb Squadron

    788th Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    During early May 1944, General Peck, Commanding general of the 96th CBW, invited Colonel Shower, CO of the 467th BG, Colonel Isbell, CO of the 458th BG, and Colonel Pierce, CO of the 466th BG, to wing HQ at Horsham St. Faith. They were told that one of...

Aircraft

  • 42-50584

    B-24 Liberator
    Returned from operations and crash landed on Carpetbaggers mission on August 6/7, 1944.

Events

Event Location Date
Born Shermansdale, Pennsylvania
Transferred May 1944

Transferred to 801st BG

Returned 7 August 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 April 2019 10:01:57 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography, events and unit associations
Sources

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia ;
- Roster list in Healy's book (1947)

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:16:52 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Combat Chronology Supplements p. 540 and 188 , http://www.801492.org/MainMenu.htm / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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