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John Semach


Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 #42-29893. Evaded.

Earlier on May 10, 1943, took off from Gander in B-17 42-3143 en route to Prestwick, Scotland, but landed at Bunduran, Ireland.



  • John Beilstein

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 #42-29893. Evaded.

  • Joseph Burkowski

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 #42-29893. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Floyd Jamerson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 #42-29893. Killed in Action (KIA).

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Units served with

  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb Group

    The 379th Bomb Group (H) (heavy), based at Kimbolton, flew more sorties than any other Bomb Group in the Eighth Air Force and dropped a greater bomb tonnage than any other Group. The B-17 Flying Fortress Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit...

  • 524th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-29893 El Diablo

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 4/3/43; Sioux City 16/3/43; Kearney 8/4/43; Dow Fd 22/4/43; Assigned 524BS/379BG [WA-Q] Kimbolton 24/4/43; Missing in Action Nantes 16/9/43 with Floyd H. Jamerson - Pilot, and Radio Operator -John F. Paznar both Killed in Action;...

  • 42-3143 "Bugs"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 23/2/43; Assigned 524BS/379BG Dow Fd 18/4/43; t/o Gander en route UK 10/5/43 with ...


Event Location Date
Born Youngstown, Ohio, USA
Evaded France 16 September 1943


Date Contributor Update
15 March 2020 22:01:35 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Added a "-" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
13 March 2019 21:04:47 Nimitz41 Changes to media associations

Mel PIns, Des Moines, Iowa

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:15:31 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 1346 / MACR 1346, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop and Hey pp. 116, 284. 379th Bombardment Group Anthology, pg 278 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database