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John Anthony Cresto


Assigned to the 384th BG, 547th BS on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #139 dated 16 July 1944, George F. Parker Crew, 18 combat missions.
Became POW on 30 November 1944 when, because of miscommunication, he bailed out of B-17 43-38800 on mission #731 over enemy territory. MACR 11111
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 1 Barth-Vogelsang Prussia 54-12



  • Frank Furiga

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier/Navigator | 384th Bomb Group
    Became POW on 30 November 1944 when, because of miscommunication, he bailed out over enemy territory. ...

  • Gene Goodrick

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to the 384th Bomb Group, 547th Bomb Squadron on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #140 dated 17 July 1944, as crew pilot, 35 combat missions. ...

  • Jesse McCoy

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to the 384th BG, 547th BS on 6 June 1944, Robert Koch Crew, per squadron history (microfilm A0641-00226), 27 combat missions. Bailed out over enemy territory, KIA Final Resting Place or Memorial: Texas

  • George Parker

    Military | Captain | Assistant Group Operations Officer | 384th Bomb Group

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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. ...

  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb Group

    The 384th Bomb Group flew B-17s from Grafton Underwood, Northamptonshire, between May 1943 and June 1945. They were engaged in daylight bombing missions over Germany as part of the Allies' efforts to destroy the effectiveness of the Luftwaffe by...

  • 547th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-38013 "NEVADA AVENGER"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/11/43; New Castle 10/12/43; Presque Is 15/12/43; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-C] Grafton Underwood 21/1/44; sal battle damaged 27/4/44. NEVADA AVENGER. ...

  • 43-38800 BUSY BUZZARD

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Hunter 24/9/44; Grenier 2/10/44; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-K] Grafton Underwood 6/10/44; battle damaged Zeitz 30/11/44 with ? ; abandoned over continent; transferred with group to Istres on mapping duties, Salvaged 9AF Germany 31/10/45....


  • 731

    30 November 1944

Associated Place

  • Grafton Underwood

    Military site : airfield
    Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...

  • Stalag Luft I

    Other location

  • Dulag Luft 12

    Other location


Event Location Date
Born Cleveland, OH 26 August 1919
Enlisted Cleveland, OH 16 October 1941

Cleveland, Ohio

Based Grafton Underwood July 1944 – 30 November 1944

Assigned to 547BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF.

Baled out POW Zeitz, Germany 30 November 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) Zeitz in B-17 43-38800; due to mis-communication, he bailed out POW. MACR 11111

Prisoner of War (POW) Barth, Germany 30 November 1944 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft I.

Discharged USAAF 18 September 1945

Honourable discharge.

Died 17 June 1991
Buried All Souls Cemetery, Chardon, Geauga County, OH 20 June 1991

All Souls Cemetery
Geauga County, Ohio


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