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John C MacDonald

Military

Shot down 11 May 1944 in B-24 #41-28664 'Merchant Of Venice'. Killed in Action (KIA).

Awards: AM (2 OLC), PH.

Service

People

  • Ernest Akens

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Tail Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 May 1944 in B-24 #4128664 'Merchant Of Venice'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Carl Bailey

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 466th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 May 1944 in B-24 #41-28664 'Merchant Of Venice'. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Chauncey Cheek

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Left Waist Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    Cheek was replaced on the MacDonald Crew due to an illness he suffered. It is unclear if he was ever assigned to the 466th BG as the crew photo was taken stateside.

  • William Dwyer

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 466th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 May 1944 in B-24 41-28664 'Merchant Of Venice'. Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: PH.

  • John Gordon

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Left Waist Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 May 1944 in B-24 #4128664 'Merchant Of Venice. ' Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • James Johnson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 May 1944 in B-24 41-28664 'Merchant Of Venice. ' Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • William Kent

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer - Top Turret Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 May 1944 in B-24 #4128664 'Merchant Of Venice. ' Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • James Mullins

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 466th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 May 1944 in B-24 41-28664 'Merchant Of Venice. ' Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Gordon Sinclair

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    Shot down 9 April 1944 in B-24 #4252555 'Ol' Tom Cat. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

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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. ...

  • 466th Bomb Group

    466th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 466th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Attlebridge, Norfolk, during the last year of the war in Europe. The Group flew 232 missions in the course of the year and celebrated the 100th one by inviting local people onto the base to mark the...

  • 785th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-28664 Merchant of Venice

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 785BS, 466BG, 8AF USAAF. Flew on 466BG's first mission. Failed to Return (FTR)mission to Epinal. A/C seen with one engine feathered and another smoking, radio message received that pilot was heading for Switzerland. Not seen again. 11 x KIA...

  • 42-52562

    B-24 Liberator

Missions

  • 350

    11 May 1944

Associated Place

  • Attlebridge

    Military site : airfield
    Attlebridge was constructed for RAF use and completed to that standard in 1942. However, with news that it was to be assigned to the American Air Force, the runways were extended and additional hardstandings and outbuildings constructed for the heavy...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Syracuse, New York 1918
Lived in Syracuse, NY, USA 1942

311 Strathmore Drive

Enlisted 19 May 1942
Killed in action 88000 Épinal, France 11 May 1944

Disappeared attempting to fly his damaged aircraft to Switzerland after being hit by flak on the bomb run at Epinal. The didn't make it. Their a/c crash site has not been found/identified.

Buried 1945

Tablets of the Missing

Cambridge American Cemetery
Cambridge, England

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 June 2020 00:26:52 jmoore43 Changes to nickname
Sources

Added "Possible DUPLICATE" in the Nickname field so an Admin can check out this person.

Date Contributor Update
26 March 2020 02:16:07 jmoore43 Changes to biography
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Added a "-" to the A/C serial # in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
12 August 2016 12:24:03 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, events, unit associations, mission associations and media associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28618328/?terms=41-28664

Date Contributor Update
11 September 2015 18:49:59 466thHistorian Changes to service number, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:15:47 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 4802

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