John Cowdery Taylor


Object Number - UPL 6707 - TB-17G 42-102768 at Alexandria AAF. A bomber crew that later served with the 452nd Bomb Group. Handwritten caption: 'Front row L to R: J Stock...

On Christmas Eve 1944 maximum effort mission to Darmstadt, we took a direct 88 mm. hit, knocking out #1 and #2 engines at battle lines. Dropped bombs on a trget of opportunity, jettisoned all possible equipment, ammo etc. , landing at RAF Manston, where we spent Christmas. Returned to base by rail on Dec. 26 in coldest weather England had seen in 40 years - snow and ice! Our Bombardier, Emanuel Agnello, was killed by flak on a January 1945 mission over Hamburg.

Air Medal w 5/Oak Leaf Cluster


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Units served with

The insignia of the 452nd Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment


  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Ida Wanna
  • Unit: 452nd Bomb Group 731st Bomb Squadron



Event Location Date Description


Shanghai, China 1923-11-06


Date27 Sep 2014 18:15:49

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / self

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