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John Andrew Aranyos Jr


Assigned to 63FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 495FTG, 8AF USAAF.

Awards: DFC, AM (2OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.


Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 495th Fighter Training Group

    495th Fighter Training Group

    The 495th Fighter Training Group, which operated in England from December 1943, trained P-47 Thunderbolt pilots. These pilots, who had received the basic training in the USA would be assigned to a training group to practise ETO operational procedures...

  • 56th Fighter Group

    56th Fighter Group

    Flying P-47 Thunderbolts throughout their time stationed in England, the Group, known as "the Wolfpack", had more ace pilots than any other Eighth Air Force Fighter Group. The 56th Fighter Group also destroyed more enemy aircraft in air combat than any...

  • 63rd Fighter Squadron


  • 42-76468 Ol' Steel Butt

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 63FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 83FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF.

Associated Place

  • Atcham

    Military site : airfield
    Atcham, at some remove from other American Air Force bases in Shropshire, was used by USAAF to train pilots from June 1942, several months before the American Eagle Squadrons were combined to form the 4th Fighter Group. Pilots here were mainly trained...

  • Boxted

    Military site : airfield
    Boxted was built for heavy bombers and became operational from May 1943. In the few months B-26 Marauders of the 386th Bomb Group were stationed there, there were two night attacks by the Luftwaffe. On 17 August 1943, one man was killed when bombs...


Event Location Date
Born McKeesport, PA 16 June 1922

Son of John and Agnes [Molmar] Aranyos.

Lived in Duquesne, PA, USA 1940
Enlisted Pittsburgh, PA, USA 29 May 1942

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Assigned Boxted, Colchester, UK 27 January 1944 – 18 August 1944

Assigned to 63FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF.

Promotion Boxted, Colchester, UK 6 May 1944

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

Transferred Atcham, Shrewsbury, UK 18 August 1944 – 1945

Transferred to 495FTG, 8AF USAAF.

Discharged USAAF 19 September 1945

Honourable discharge.

Crashed Sewickley, PA 15143, USA 30 April 1954

Unidentified Accident Sewickley, PA Cat 1 damage Pilot Lt John A Aranyos, 30-Apr-54.

T-33A 52-9686 - 146FBS 112FBG

Died McKeesport, PA, USA 9 October 2010


Date Contributor Update
01 May 2021 15:16:25 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, biography, awards and events

Date Contributor Update
07 September 2016 16:26:27 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia;

Date Contributor Update
22 July 2016 20:13:19 Al_Skiff Changes to suffix, service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:15:33 AAM AAM ingest

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