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John Arthur Edwards


Assigned to 327BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. 20+ x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Bochum, Germany in B-17 42-5801 12-Aug-43; A/C shot down, T/Sgt Edwards hit by 20mm shell from Fw190, in throat. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 656

Awards: PH.



  • Paul Casey

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 326BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down in B-17 42-29981 Plane ditched in North Sea. All crew rescued. 26-Jul-43. RTD Pilot of B-17 42-5801, lost on the Bochum mission, 12-Aug-43. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 656. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

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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. ...

  • 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    The 92nd Group sometime after arrivial in the UK converted to the role of in-theater combat crew indocrination and training. For this role, the Group traded its B-17F complement and obtained the B-17E, mostly from the 97th BG which was departing for...

  • 327th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-5801 'Flak Happy'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 10/2/43; Salina 27/2/43; Smoky Hill 31/3/43; Presque Is 14/4/43; Assigned 410BS/94BG Earls Colne 22/4/43; 333BS Rougham 13/6/43; transferred 327BS/92BG [UX-J] Alconbury 28/7/43; Missing in Action Bochum (T/O), Ger 12/8/43 with Paul...


  • VIII Bomber Command 81

    12 August 1943
    This mission is separated into two elements. The first element is a combined force of 183 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division: 91BG (22); 92BG (19); 303BG (20); 305BG (20); 306BG (20); 351BG (21); 379BG (21); 381BG (20); and 384BG (20) are dispatched to bomb...

Associated Place

  • Podington

    Military site : airfield
    Built originally to accommodate two RAF bomber squadrons, the first USAAF unit to occupy the base was the 15th Bomb Squadron in September 1942. Podington was then used as a satellite for nearby Chelveston. Work to lengthen the runways, although this...


Event Location Date
Born Grant County, WI 16 February 1919

Son of Verne Elgie and Arlie J [Stowell] Edwards.

Enlisted Milwaukee, WI 5 September 1941
Lived in Platteville, PA 1942
Based Podington 1943 – 12 August 1943

Assigned to 327BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Bochum, Germany 12 August 1943

Failed to Return (FTR) Bochum, Germany in B-17 42-5801 12-Aug-43; hit by 20mm shell from Fw190, in throat. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 656

Buried Rotterdam 13 August 1943

Rotterdam cemetery

Buried Greenwood Cemetery, Platteville, WI 1948

Greenwood Cemetery
Grant County, WI
Block V, Lot 15


Date Contributor Update
16 March 2019 17:09:02 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:15:34 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 656 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database