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John Bernard Palmquist


Assigned to 349BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. 27 x missions including 28-Apr-44 Sottevast (No Ball-V1 flying bomb mission).

Awards: DFC, AM (OLC), PH, WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle Stars).


Units served with

  • 100th Bomb Group

    100th Bomb Group

    "The Bloody Hundredth", so-called because of a reputation for losing a high number aircraft and crews, flew B-17s from Thorpe Abbotts, Norfolk. Their losses were not the highest of any Eighth Air Force Group but on several occasions the Group lost many...

  • 349th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-38053 JENNY LEE

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/11/43; Wendover 20/12/43; Assigned 457BG Glatton 10/2/44; transferred 349BS/100BG [XR-G] Thorpe Abbotts 21/1/44; soon after t/off to Berlin 7/5/44 with Ralph Wright, Co-pilot: Jack Raper, Navigator: Rich Curran, Bombardier: Carl...


  • 325B

    28 April 1944

Associated Place

  • Thorpe Abbotts

    Military site : airfield
    Home of the 'Bloody Hundredth’, a Bomb Group with a reputation for high casualty rates, Thorpe Abbotts was under USAAF control from June 1943 to the end of the war. Some of the airfield survives today, and the control tower houses the 100th Bomb Group...


Event Location Date
Born Red Oak, IA 51566, USA 23 October 1922

Son of John Leonard and Hannah Marie [Larson] Palmquist.

Enlisted Camp Dodge, Herrold, IA 20 January 1943

Camp Dodge, Herrold, Iowa

Based Thorpe Abbotts 1944 – 1944

Assigned to 349BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died 5 January 1997
Buried Evergreen Cemetery Red Oak, Montgomery County, IA 8 January 1997

Evergreen Cemetery
Red Oak, Montgomery County, Iowa


Date Contributor Update
26 December 2021 16:20:53 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations

Date Contributor Update
13 April 2018 14:11:53 general ira snapsorter Changes to middlename and events

"Iowans of the Mighty Eighth", Chapter 26 "Biographies", by Charles D Taylor.

Date Contributor Update
12 July 2015 21:55:42 Tom Changes to firstname

Added first name John from

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:13:42 AAM AAM ingest

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