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John B Wright


16 April 1942 he volunteered for war service. He went on active duty as a captain in the USAF and was ordered to Officers' Training School. In June 1942, he was sent to the AF Intelligence School at Harrisburg. Upon completion of this tour, he was assigned to the 306th BG and in August left the States aboard the Queen Elizabeth as assistant group intelligence officer.

Promoted to the rank of major in January 1943, he was subsequently transferred to the 1st BW as assistant chief of staff, A-2. In November 1943 he was given the silver leaf of lieutenant colonel and three months later was assigned to General Staff Corps, 1st BD. He was named director of intelligence, 1st AD, in September of 1944 and the following January was promoted to the rank of colonel. After participation in the air offensive against Normandy, Northern France, the Rhineland, Ardennes and Central Europe, Colonel Wright made a tour of France and Germany during April and May of 1945 on bomb damage survey.

A short time later, he was returned to the United States on a special project. In August, 1945, he was assigned to the 2nd AF and separated at Colorado Springs in September 1945.

Legion of Merit, Croix de Guerre with Palm, AM, Pres. Citation,


Units served with

  • 1st Bomb Division

    1st Bomb Division

    The groups under the command of the 1st Bomb Wing came under the command of the 1st Bomb Division in August 1943. In December 1944, the Division was redesginated the 1st Air Division.

  • 1st Combat Bomb Wing
  • 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    Constituted as 306th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 28 Jan 1942. Activated on 1 Mar 1942. Trained for combat with B-17's. Moved to England, Aug-Sep 1942, and assigned to Eighth AF Eighth Air Force in September 1942 Station 111 Thurleigh. During combat,...


Event Location Date
Born Wadsworth, Nevada
Died 22 October 1974
Buried Hewlett, New York


Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:15:44 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Who's Who in the Eighth Air Force and/or Biographical Directory Command & Staff Officers Eighth Air Force 1942-45; First Over Germany pg. 52, 141, 149, 322-3;