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James H Johnson


Shot down 12 May 1944 in B-24 41-28664 'Merchant Of Venice. ' Killed in Action (KIA).




  • John MacDonald

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 785BS, 466BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 11-May-44 in B-24 41-28664 'Merchant Of Venice'. Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: AM (2OLC), PH.

  • Frank Wolf

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    1st mission 5 April 1944; 33rd mission 2 January 1945. 8 members of my 1st crew were Killed in Action (KIA). One was a Prisoner of War (POW) for 13 months. My second crew finished without serious injury. As of 18 November 1999, only 6 of us are living....

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Units served with

  • 466th Bomb Group

    466th Bomb Group

    The 466th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Attlebridge, Norfolk, during the last year of the war in Europe. The Group flew 232 missions in the course of the year and celebrated the 100th one by inviting local people onto the base to mark the...

  • 785th Bomb Squadron


  • 41-28664 Merchant of Venice

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 785BS, 466BG, 8AF USAAF. Flew on 466BG's first mission. Failed to Return (FTR)mission to Epinal. A/C seen with one engine feathered and another smoking, radio message received that pilot was heading for Switzerland. Not seen again. 11 x KIA...

Associated Place

  • Attlebridge

    Military site : airfield
    Attlebridge was constructed for RAF use and completed to that standard in 1942. However, with news that it was to be assigned to the American Air Force, the runways were extended and additional hardstandings and outbuildings constructed for the heavy...


Event Location Date
Born San Francisco, CA, USA
Lived in San Francisco, CA, USA 1942

1132 Munich Street

Killed in action France 12 May 1944

The MacDonald Crew went missing somewhere between Epinal, France and Switzerland. They had been damaged by flak and were seen dropping behind the formation. A radio transmission indicated they were going to try for Switzerland. They didn't make it.

Buried 1945

Tablets of the Missing
Cambridge American Cemetery
Cambridge, England


Date Contributor Update
22 March 2017 15:30:43 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography and events

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- MACR 4802 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

Date Contributor Update
09 September 2015 01:55:38 466thHistorian Changes to service number, awards, events, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:14:28 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 4802