Jack Atherton


Shot down by flak and crashed at Gruenewald on 6/21/44 in B-17 #42-31496 Prisoner of War (POW)


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Units served with

A pathfinder B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 44-8258) of the 401st Bomb Group. Image by Robert Astrella. Written on slide casing: '48258 14 A, Mount Farm.'
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment


  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Diana Queen Of The Chase
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 612th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Salvo Sadie
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 612th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Hells Angels Out Of Chute 13, Grossly Inadequate
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 612th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Slick Chick
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 612th Bomb Squadron


  • Date: 2 June 1944
  • Official Description: Role of Bombers from 2-5 June in preparation for invasion of Normandy on 6 June includes continuation of attacks against transportation and Airfield Targets in Northern France and the institution of a series of blows against coastal defenses, mainly...
  • Date: 3 June 1944
  • Official Description: In Operation COVER, 338 Heavy Bombers attack coastal defenses in the Pas de Calais area, bombing a total of 22 assigned targets. In second mission of the day 215 Heavy Bombers attack 16 of the targets bombed during the first mission. No Bombers are...
  • Date: 4 June 1944
  • Official Description: Third mission of the day consists of attacks by 400 Heavy Bombers on 10 targets including Airfields, railway junctions and bridges. No Bombers are lost.
  • Date: 6 June 1944
  • Official Description: Eighth reaches its top strength as 493d Bomb Group (H) becomes operational, making a total of 40 Heavy Bomber Groups now operational. Heavy Bombers fly 4 missions in spite of the invasion of Normandy. The third mission is dispatched against the...



Event Location Date Description


Prisoner of War (POW)

Germany 21 June 1944 Stalag 7A Moosburg Bavaria 48-12 (Work Camps 3324-46 Krumbachstrasse 48011, Work Camp 3368 Munich 48-11)


Pawtucket, Rhode Island, USA


Date20 Jan 2020 00:06:22

Added a "#" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" for clarity.

Date18 Jan 2020 04:50:21

Added S/N and POW camp information from WW2 POW records at the National Archives.

Date23 Jun 2017 16:03:13

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

Date27 Sep 2014 18:13:43

MACR 6000 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database