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John C Kieffer

Military

Service

People

  • Keith Bollerup

    Military | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

  • William McGonigle

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Aerial Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He completed 32 missions. AM 4Oak Leaf Cluster,

  • John Ruegger

    Military | Captain | Co-Pilot; Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He completed 35 missions from September 1944 to 12 March 1945. Flew as copilot on Charles R. Toner crew. Reported to duty on 21 August 1944. USAF retired on 31 July 1962. AM 5Oak Leaf Cluster,

  • Charles Toner

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He completed 35 missions on 24 January 1945. AM 5Oak Leaf Cluster,

Units served with

  • 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    Group
    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,...

  • 423rd Bomb Squadron

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 176

    5 January 1944
    This mission consists of five elements: The first element is a combined force of 131 B-17s are despatched by 1st Bomb Division: 92BG; 303BG; 305BG; 306BG; 379BG; 384BG; and 482BG to bomb the shipyards and industrial areas of Kiel, Germany. 119 are...

  • 584

    27 August 1944

  • 591

    30 August 1944
    End of Operation Overlord.

  • 623

    11 September 1944
    Major Harmon flew Command Pilot. Did not hit the target because Mickey wasn't working. Brought our bombs back. Got to shoot at some fighters.

  • 647

    25 September 1944

  • 8th Air Force 650

    27 September 1944
    This mission is conducted by three elements against industrial targets, an oil refinery and an aircraft factory in Germany. A total of 1,192 heavy bombers are dispatched from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Bomb Divisions: ...

  • 662

    3 October 1944

  • 681

    17 October 1944

  • 688

    25 October 1944

  • 693

    30 October 1944

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Associated Place

  • Thurleigh

    Military site : airfield
    Built for RAF use in 1941-42, Thurleigh was initially used by RAF Bomber Command before being handed over to the Eighth Air Force. Its runways and hardstandings were improved, and the B-17s of the 306th Bomb Group began using the base. It was their...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Palmer, KS, USA 18 August 1925
Died Salina, KS, USA 1 January 1990

John C. Kieffer BELLEVILLE - John C. Kieffer, 64, Belleville, died Monday, Jan 1, 1990, at Asbury-Salina Regional Medical Center, Salina. Mr. Kieffer was born Aug. 18,1925, on a farm near Palmer. He was a retired mechanic and plumber. He was a World War II veteran. He was a member of the St. Edwards Catholic Church, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Knights of Columbus, Fourth Degree of the Knights, and was a scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 199, all of Belleville. A daughter, Janice, died in 1988. Survivors include his wife, Virginia of the home; two sons, Michael of Jacksonville, Ark., and Gregory of Manhattan; two daughters, Catherine Runge of Emporia and Lori Arnold of Belleville; four brothers, Henry of Colby, Dave of Hartford City, Ind., Tom of Belleville and Jim of Sun City, Calif.; six sisters, Thresa Baza of Randall, Judy Meis of Chapel, Neb., Marilyn Wilson of Lamed, and Ann Danielson, Mary Popelka and Marge Walker, all of Belleville; his stepmother, Magdalen Kieffer of Belleville; and eight grandchildren. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the St. Edwards Catholic Church, the Rev. Henry Kieffer officiating. Burial will be in the St. George Cemetery in Munden. A parish rosary will be said at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Tibbetts- Fischer Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to St. Edwards Church or the American Kidney Foundation. Visitation is at the funeral home.

Buried St Georges Cemetery, Munden, KS 66959, USA 4 January 1990
Lived in Belleville, KS 66935, USA

Revisions

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Family Member

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07 January 2016 05:19:24 admiral007 Changes to events and mission associations
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Operational Service Record of John C Kieffer

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Operational Service Record of John C Kieffer

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Personal Journal

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Personal Journal

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General Orders

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John C Kieffer

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:15:46 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

306th BG Association Directory, 1 September 1999 Edition / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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