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John R Berens

Military

Assigned to 391BG, 9AF USAAF. Transferred to 1st PFF Sqn(Prov), 9AF USAAF. Shot down by fighters leading 397BG to Ahrweiler, Germany in B-26 44-67881. Killed in Action (KIA). 23-Dec-44 MACR 15984.

Awards: PH.

Service

People

  • Walter Garbisch

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bomber pilot | 391st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 391BG, 9AF USAAF. Transferred to 1st PFF Sqn(Prov), 9AF USAAF. Shot down by fighters leading 397BG to Ahrweiler, Germany. Killed in Action (KIA). 23-Dec-44 MACR 15984. Awards: PH.

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Units served with

  • 391st Bomb Group

    391st Bomb Group

    Group
    "The heaviest losses sustained by the 391st Bombardment Group in a single operation occurred on 23 December 1944, after an attack on the railroad viaduct at Ahrweiler, Germany (11). Upon completion of the second bomb run, the formation was attacked by...

  • 9th Air Force

Aircraft

  • 44-67881

    B-26 Marauder
    Assigned to 1st PFF Sqn(Prov), 9AF USAAF. 1 x combat mission, Shot down by fighters leading 397BG. 7 x KIA. 23-Dec-44 MACR 15984. ...

Missions

  • 757

    23 December 1944

Associated Place

  • Andrews Field

    Military site : airfield
    The base was known as Great Saling when construction – by US Army engineers – began in 1942 but was renamed Andrews Field in honour of the memory of Gen. Frank M. Andrews, who was killed when the B-24 he was travelling in crash-landed in Iceland on 3...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Wisconsin, USA 1918
Lived in Onondaga County, NY, USA 1941
Enlisted Buffalo, NY, USA 18 August 1941
Based Matching 1944 – 1944

Assigned to 391BG, 9AF USAAF.

Based Andrews Field 1944 – 23 December 1944

Transferred to 1st PFF Sqn(Prov), 9AF USAAF.

Died Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, Germany 23 December 1944

Shot down by fighters leading 397BG to Ahrweiler, Germany. KIA. 23-Dec-44 MACR 15984.

Buried Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial 1945

Tablets of the Missing
Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial

Buried Louisville, KY, USA 1948

Zachary Taylor National Cemetery
Louisville
Jefferson County
Kentucky, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 January 2017 10:29:24 Al_Skiff Changes to events and person associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/page/85931799_john_r%20berens/details/
https://www.fold3.com/image/310763907/?terms=John%20R%20Berens
http://www.b26.com/page/marauder_missions_december_23_1944.htm
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=3295925

Date Contributor Update
13 January 2017 09:57:00 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, role, biography, awards, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/page/85931799_john_r%20berens/details/
https://www.fold3.com/image/310763907/?terms=John%20R%20Berens
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=3295925

Date Contributor Update
19 August 2015 15:41:35 general ira snapsorter Changes to events
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Date Contributor Update
19 August 2015 15:37:19 general ira snapsorter Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, events and unit associations
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