John D Contento

Military ROLL OF HONOUR
media-36113.png UPL 36113 Professional military portrait of Sgt. John Contento.
Handwritten on reverse:'Sgt. John Contento, Tail Gunner'.
Nuthampstead Airfield Museum collection

398th Bomb Group Collection via Nuthampstead Airfield Museum. Museum object reference number: NAM040-11

Object Number - UPL 36113 - Professional military portrait of Sgt. John Contento. Handwritten on reverse:'Sgt. John Contento, Tail Gunner'.

On plane that crashed upon takeoff. Injured in trying to save others. Details in "Hell from Heaven" by Leonard Streitfeld".



Soldier's Medal for actions to save crew mates 12/24/44.

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Units served with

The insignia of the 398th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 398th Bomb Group 600th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: ball Turret Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 398th Bomb Group 600th Bomb Squadron
  • Role/Job: Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 398th Bomb Group 600th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 398th Bomb Group 600th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator; Bombardier
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 398th Bomb Group 600th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Here's Hopin
  • Unit: 398th Bomb Group 600th Bomb Squadron

Places

Related videos and documents

  • Media Type: Document
  • Object Number: Document 31979
  • Description: The Newsletter of the 389th which has an article about the crash of the Here`s Hopin`

Revisions

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Connected all the crew together

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Contributorjmoore43
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Removed some punctuation in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

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Added some punctuation in the "Summary biography" to aid readability.

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Information From His Daughter Linda Schmidt (Contento)

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ContributorAAM
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Hell from Heaven: Memoirs of a WW II B-17 Bombardier and 398th web site

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