John T Mooney


Object Number - UPL 6991 - Prisoners of War of the 44th Bomb Group at Stalag Luft III with a USAAF insginia made of stones. Left to right : Bob Walker, Wayne Gotke, Bob...

Shot down 26 February 1943 in B-24D 41-23804 'Sad Sack', 44BG/66BS while serving as Bombardier on a mission to bomb the port facilities as Wilhelmshaven, Germany. The aircraft was attacked by fighters near the Initial Point (IP) which caused the loss of 2 engines, started a fire in the bomb bay area and damaging the control cables. Pilot, 1LT Phillamey, gave the bale out order over the city of Oldenburg and 1LT Mooney and 6 others of the crew baled out and were captured as Prisoners of War. 3 airmen were killed in the fighter attack.


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Units served with

The insignia of the 44th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
A B-24 Liberator (serial number 42-95260) nicknamed "Lili Marlene" of the 66th Bomb Squadron, 44th Bomb Group flies in formation with two comrades. Handwritten caption on reverse: 'B-24 H & B-24 J OF 44th B.G. 66th Sqdn'
  • Unit Hierarchy: Squadron
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment


  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Sad Sack
  • Unit: 44th Bomb Group




Event Location Date Description


Prisoner of War (POW)

Zagan, Poland 26 February 1943 - 6 June 1945 Held at Stalag Luft 3, Sgan-Silesia (now Poland) moved to Nurmeberg-Langwasser. Officially Returned to Military COntrol 6-Jun-45.


Ventnor, New Jersey


Date22 Jun 2015 18:31:30
ChangesChanges to service number, biography, events, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 22-Jun-2015. Added decorations and made connections to Place, Aircraft and Mission within existing website data; Added POW event per National Archives Records Administration (NARA) WWII POW database; Added Model letter, aircraft Unit association, crew position and loss details per "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE and MACR 16053.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:16:42
ChangesAAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Roll of Honor, MACR 16053, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. 1 by Bishop and Hey p. 81, The 44th BG Roll of Honor and Casualties by Lundy pp. p. 54-56

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