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John A Griffin II

Military

Returning from a mission on Kassel, weather became very heavy overcast. Plane was trying to land using radio beacons, they hit the radio tower at Daventry, all crew were killed.

Registration date: 30 Jun 1942
Enlistment date: 20 Feb 1943

Service

Units served with

  • 305th Bomb Group Can Do

    305th Bomb Group Can Do

    Group
    The 305th Bombardment Group (Heavy), nicknamed "Can Do" was activated 1-March-1942 at Salt Lake City Air Base, Utah which was their primary training base until 11-Jun-1942 when they relocated to Geiger Field, Washington until 29-Jun-1942, then on to...

  • 422nd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 43-38973

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Hunter 24/10/44; Dow Fd 1/11/44; Assigned 422BS/305BG Chelveston 5/12/44; ex-Kassel 15/12/44 with Finis Harris, John Griffin, R.L. Mason, Laverne Ridge, Herschel McCoy, Cliff Melton, Robert L Burry, Willie Barnes, Charles Nordland (9 Killed...

Associated Place

  • Chelveston

    Military site : airfield
    Chelveston was adapted and expanded in preparation for the arrival of American forces. Rather than heavy bombers, the first aircraft to fly from its runways were C-47 Skytrains that were flown by the 60th Troop Carrier Group in July 1942. The first...

Events

Event Location Date
Died 15 December 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
10 March 2021 23:42:14 Glenn Griffin Changes to media associations
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Added B-17 Crew Photo

Date Contributor Update
10 March 2021 23:23:32 Glenn Griffin Changes to service number and highest rank
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Update Service Number

Date Contributor Update
01 December 2020 10:13:22 Helen Changes to biography
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'Can Do' notes

Date Contributor Update
03 November 2020 04:52:40 Glenn Griffin Changes to middlename, service number, biography and media associations
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Family portrait

Date Contributor Update
03 November 2020 03:53:37 Glenn Griffin Changes to middlename, service number, biography, events and media associations
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World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946

Date Contributor Update
03 November 2020 03:12:34 Glenn Griffin Changes to suffix, nickname and awards
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Family update

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:15:34 AAM AAM ingest
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305th BG unit history / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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