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John Jupinko


Killed in Action (KIA) 30 September 1944 in A/C #43-38480. A/C was hit by the blast and debris from A/C #115, flying #7 position, low element. The latter A/C had been hit by a bomb or bombs, dropped from an A/C flying in the higher element, lead group, at bombs away. The left wing of A/C #480 was on fire as it left the formation. 7 of crew were Killed in Action (KIA) or Missing in Action (MIA), 2 Prisoner of War (POW). Target was Bielefeld, Germany.



Units served with

  • 493rd Bomb Group

    493rd Bomb Group

    The 493rd Bomb Group was the last Eighth Air Force Group to become operational, flying their first combat mission from Debach, Suffolk, on D-Day, 6 June 1944. The Group was known as "the Fighting 493rd", named by their Commanding Officer Colonel Elbert...

  • 860th Bomb Squadron


  • 43-38480

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 8/8/44; Lincoln 18/8/44; Grenier 2/9/44; Assigned 860BS/493BG [NG-S] Debach 13/9/44; Missing in Action Bielefeld 30/9/44 with Edison LaFlame, Co-pilot: Morris Levine, Navigator: Allen Austin, Bombardier: Vince O’Neill, Ball turret...

Associated Place

  • Debach

    Military site : airfield
    Debach was one of the last Eighth Air Force heavy bomber bases to be completed. It was built by the 820th Engineer Battalion (Aviation) between late '43 and early '44. Pronounced locally as 'Deb-idge', the base was built to a class A standard with...


Event Location Date
Born New York State
Killed in Action (KIA) Germany 30 September 1944
Died 30 September 1944


Date Contributor Update
24 December 2021 19:18:59 jmoore43 Changes to biography and events

Corrected a typo in the "Summary biography" - "were" was misspelled.
Changed the label of the “Evaded” event to "Killed in Action (KIA)" per info in the "Summary biography".

Date Contributor Update
29 September 2021 18:13:12 jmoore43 Changes to biography

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

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:15:28 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Helton s Hellcats, A Pictorial History of the 493rd BG, pub 1998, ABMC, MACR 9430/ niece:Annette Mather,

href="">>; Losses of 8thAF, vol 4. / MACR 9430 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database