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John Charles Mouat


John C. Mouat was born in 1921 in a log cabin atCuster, Montana near the battlefield where General Custer and many of histroops were massacred in 1876.During World War II, the author piloted 8thAir Force Flying Fortresses to targets in Germany and was awarded theDistinguished Flying Cross by General Curtis LeMay for bravery on a bombingmission to ball-bearing plants in Schweinfurt. He also flew combat missions in the Korean War, from 1950 to 1953.During his military career, the author was secretaryto General Dwight D. Eisenhower; congratulated by Princess Elizabeth, thefuture Queen of England; kissed by actress Hedy Lamar; and dined withGeneralissimo and Madame Chiang Kai Shek.This is Colonel Mouat's fourth book. The first and second are titled "TALES OF THE BEARTOOTH" and describehis exciting adventures with wildlife, cowboys and dudes while owning andoperating a guest ranch in Montana's magnificent Beartooth Mountains outsideYellowstone Park. The third is titled "FROM INDIAN FORT TO FLYING FORT - And FarBeyond" and traces his life from growing up on America's Last Frontier topiloting combat aircraft during three wars



  • John Blatz

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator | 388th Bomb Group
    On a mission to Klein Machnow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944, another B-17 from the 388th went out of control after being attacked by fighters and collided with B-17G #42-40054 which exploded and crashed SE of Emmen, Holland. Killed in Action (KIA). Died of...

  • Milton Ehrenreich

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 388th Bomb Group

  • Edward English

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer - Top Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group

  • Bernard Johnson

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group

  • William McVey

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group

  • Thomas Morton

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group

  • Henry Sampson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

  • Milton Thompson

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator | 388th Bomb Group

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Units served with

  • 388th Bomb Group

    388th Bomb Group

    The 388th Bomb Group flew strategic bombing mission from Knettishall, Suffolk from June 1943 to the end of the war. During this time, though, detachments were sent to Fersfield, Norfolk to conduct Aphrodite missions. In these Aphrodite missions veteran...

  • 561st Bomb Squadron


  • 42-30778 Old 66/Lady Margaret

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 28/7/43; Gore 6/8/43; Pendleton 12/8/43; Reno 14/8/43; Pierre 16/8/43; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 3/9/43; crashed on take off for France 13/8/44 with Leon Sutton, Co-pilot: Harlan Thompson, Navigator: George Healy, Bombardier:...

  • 42-31084

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 16/9/43; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 9/10/43; Missing in Action Bremen 20/12/43 with Ken Eccleston, Co-pilot: Pete Schou, Navigator: John Dorsett, Bombardier: Tom Tollin, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Joe Molinari, Radio...

  • 42-3262 Sweetheart

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 16/4/43; Dow Fd 12/6/43; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 23/6/43 SWEETHEART; Returned to the USA Tinker 7/7/44; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 28/11/45; also named JEANNIE and WILSON'S WILDCATS.

  • 42-3291 Miss Mac

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 30/4/43; Dow Fd 13/6/43; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 14/6/43; on training mission 12/7/44 with Major Boardman Reed, Co-pilot: Major Melvin Buckner, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Paul Weathers, Radio Operator: Ora Kelsey, pass...

  • 42-3518 Lady Lillian

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 15/7/43; Rapid City 10/8/43; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 9/9/43; transferred RCM 803BS Sculthorpe /44; damaged by PB4Y explosion on APH mission 12-8-44; Salvaged 14/11/44. ...

Associated Place

  • Knettishall

    Military site : airfield
    Knettishall was built to Class A standard for an American Bomb Group that would be bringing up to forty heavy bombers with them in three or four Squadrons. The 388th Bomb Group, which stayed at Knettishall for their entire service in the ETO, flew B-17...


Event Location Date
Born Myers, Montana 7 November 1921
Enlisted Washington, DC, USA 26 March 1942
388th BG Combat Tour Knettishall, Diss IP22 2TH, UK 26 September 1943 – 30 January 1944

Completed a 25 mission combat tour

Died Titusville, FL, USA 24 June 2015
Buried 16 November 2015

Arlington National Cemetery • Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Section 57, Grave 2232


Date Contributor Update
18 December 2017 05:04:31 466thHistorian Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events, place associations and aircraft associations

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

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