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John Cecil Allen

Military

Assigned to 368FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) ramrod to Lisieux, section bounced 25 Fw190's, during melee strayed behind formation and was picked off by Fw190,
crashed near Dreux on 8-Aug-44 in P-51B 42-106867 Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 7783.

Awards: PH.

Service

Units served with

  • 359th Fighter Group

    359th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 359th Fighter Group flew 346 missions from East Wretham between December 1943 and April 1945. In the main these missions were escorting bombers flying over occupied Europe. The Group, soon after converting from Thunderbolts to Mustangs, were...

  • 368th Fighter Squadron

    368th Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    Distinguished Unit Citation: Germany, 11 September 1944.

Aircraft

  • 42-106867 'Pegelin'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 368FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) ramrod to Lisieux, section bounced 25 Fw190's, during melee strayed behind formation and was picked of by Fw190, crashed near Dreux on 8-Aug-44 in P-51B 42-106867 Killed in Action (KIA). MACR...

Associated Place

  • East Wretham

    Military site : airfield
    East Wretham was not improved to Class A standard. It retained its shorter runways, although eventually pierced-steel planking was laid to make take offs and landings easier for the Thunderbolt, and then Mustang, pilots. Steel matting was also laid to...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Mobile, AL 6 March 1921

Son of John Hart and Ada Mae [Wilkerson] Allen.

Lived in Prichard, Alabama 1940
Enlisted Fort McClellan, Anniston, AL 36201, USA 19 November 1943

Fort McClellan, Anniston, Alabama

Assigned Wretham, Thetford, Norfolk IP24, UK 1 June 1944 – 8 August 1944

Assigned to 368FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF.

Died 28100 Dreux, France 8 August 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) ramrod to Lisieux, section bounced 25 Fw190's, during melee strayed behind formation and was picked of by Fw190,
crashed near Dreux on 8-Aug-44 in P-51B 42-106867 Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 7783.

Buried Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial 1946

Re-Interred
Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial
Epinal
Departement des Vosges
Lorraine, France.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 December 2021 19:15:04 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, biography, events and place associations
Sources

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56370884/john-c-allen

Date Contributor Update
10 May 2019 13:52:52 Janet Fogg Changes to biography and media associations
Sources

359th Fighter Group Association

Date Contributor Update
04 July 2016 18:50:23 Al_Skiff Changes to role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmacr.asp?MACR=7783
https://www.fold3.com/image/29438018
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Allen&GSfn=John&GS...
https://www.fold3.com/page/88379411_john_c%20allen/details/

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

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 7783 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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