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John Gunning

Military

Shot down by fighters and crashed near Hardenburg, Holland on a mission to Gotha, GR on 24 Feb 1944 in B-24H #42-7567 'Wacky Donald'. Killed in Action (KIA).

A tragic story emerges from the book:
Mission: Jimmy Stewart and the Fight for Europe, by Robert D Madsen
Gunning was ground crew (armorer.) He "begged to go on a mission." He was subbing for A R Kaufman who was sick. Pilot Blomberg would catch hell if the brass found out that this "vital ground crewman was airborne." Blomberg and Gunning didn't live to "catch hell."

Service

People

  • Robert Blomberg

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 445th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Hardenburg, Holland on a mission to Gotha, GR on 24 Feb 1944 in B-24H #42-7567 'Wacky Donald'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Edward Cooper

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 445th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Hardenburg, Holland on a mission to Gotha, GR on 24 Feb 1944 in B-24H #42-7567 'Wacky Donald'. Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • Eugene Hickey

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 445th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Hardenburg, Holland on a mission to Gotha, GR on 24 Feb 1944 in B-24H #42-7567 'Wacky Donald'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • A Kaufman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 445th Bomb Group
    29 December 1943 accident in B24#42-7550 which crashed near Alltebridge after an uncontrollable fire forced the crew to bale out. The pilot Donald Hansen did not have time to escape. A/C was ib a diversion flight from Tibenham. 1KNO 8 RTD

  • Clement Leone

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 445th Bomb Group
    Arrived in England December 1943. Completed 5 missions. Shot down by fighters and crashed near Hardenburg, Holland on a mission to Gotha, GR on 24 Feb 1944 in B-24H #42-7567 'Wacky Donald'. Bailed out, landed in Holland. Was with Dutch Underground six...

  • Richard McCormick

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 445th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Hardenburg, Holland on a mission to Gotha, GR on 24 Feb 1944 in B-24H #42-7567 'Wacky Donald'. Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • William McKee

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 445th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Hardenburg, Holland on a mission to Gotha, GR on 24 Feb 1944 in B-24H #42-7567 'Wacky Donald'. Prisoner of War (POW). ...

  • John Sheppard

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 445th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Hardenburg, Holland on a mission to Gotha, GR on 24 Feb 1944 in B-24H #42-7567 'Wacky Donald'. Killed in Action (KIA). AM/ PH

  • Emery Varga

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 445th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Hardenburg, Holland on a mission to Gotha, GR on 24 Feb 1944 in B-24H #42-7567 'Wacky Donald'. Prisoner of War (POW). ...

  • Donald Widmark

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 445th Bomb Group
    29 December 1943 accident in B24#42-7550 which crashed near Attlebridge after an uncontrollable fire forced the crew to bale out. The pilot Donald Hansen did not have time to escape. A/C was ib a diversion flight from Tibenham. 1KNO 8 RTD ...

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Units served with

  • 445th Bomb Group

    445th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 445th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Tibenham, Norfolk. The crews' first mission was bombing U-boat installations at Kiel on 13 December 1943. The Group continued to hit strategic targets in Germany, including the aircraft components factory...

  • 700th Bomb Squadron

Associated Place

  • Tibenham

    Military site : airfield
    Tibenham was built in 1941-1942 by W and C French Ltd with a standard 2,000 yard main runway, and two other runways both 1,400 feet in length. Accommodation was provided for a full USAAF heavy bomber group in dispersed sites. Personnel of the 320th...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Montebello, California, USA
Killed in Action (KIA) Germany 24 February 1944
Died 24 February 1944
Buried Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno, California

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 May 2017 04:29:21 DRudell Changes to biography and person associations
Sources

Mission: Jimmy Stewart and the Fight for Europe, by by Robert D Madsen

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:15:27 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2553 / MACR 2553, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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