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John D McSweeney Jr


Shot down by flak and crashed near Bruyeres on 6/23/44 in B-24 #42-50338, Evaded (EVD).


Units served with

  • 392nd Bomb Group

    392nd Bomb Group

    The 392nd Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators out of Wendling, Norfolk from August 1943 until April 1945. They were the first Group allocated B-24H Liberators, the first B-24 series fitted with a nose turret on the production line. The adaptation increased...

  • 458th Bomb Group

    458th Bomb Group

    The 458th Bomb Group (H) entered combat with the 8th Air Force in February 1944. Based at Horsham St. Faith in England, the combat crews participated in the decisive Campaigns 'Big Week', 'Big B', D-Day and the assault on Germany's oil industry waged...

  • 578th Bomb Squadron
  • 752nd Bomb Squadron


Associated Place

  • Horsham St Faith

    Military site : airfield
    Horsham St Faith was an RAF Bomber Command Station opened in June 1940. It was home to Bristol Blenheim medium-bombers, and was for a time occupied by fighters, including those of No. 19 Squadron and No. 264 Squadron. From September 1942 the airfield...

  • Wendling

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Wendling was home to the 392nd Bomb Group from 1943 to 1945. Built in 1942, it was originally planned to be an RAF Bomber Command airfield. Improvement and expansion works were carried out in 1942 and 1943 prior to the arrival of the 392nd and...


Event Location Date
Born Chester, Pennsylvania 25 July 1920
Lived in Cloverlane, Delaware, PA 1942
458th BG Combat Tour RAF Horsham St. Faith 6 March 1944 – 11 April 1944

2Lt John D. McSweeney, navigator, was transferred to the 392nd Bombardment Group (H) at Wendling on April 16, 1944. He was shot down on June 23, 1944 on a mission to Leon, France. He and several of his crew evaded capture and made it back to England in early September. His replacement on the crew (if any) is not mentioned in the squadron records.

392nd BG Combat Tour RAF Wendling 16 April 1944 – 23 June 1944
Shot Down/Evaded Bruyeres, France 23 June 1944


Date Contributor Update
09 October 2020 23:32:06 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Added a "-" to the A/C serial # in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
12 April 2020 00:46:05 466thHistorian Changes to service number, highest rank, events, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:15:51 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 6985