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John Ernest Godfrey

Military

Assigned to 850BS, 490BG, 8AF USAAF. Davis crew. Local flights 18-Aug-44 in 43-38072; port U/C collapsed on third landing, RTD. 5 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Ludwigshaven in B-17 43-38009, crashed at Hochheim on 13-Sep-44, Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 8855

Awards: PH.

Service

People

  • Albert Davis

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 490th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 850BS, 490BG, 8AF USAAF. Local flights 18-Aug-44 in 43-38072; port U/C collapsed on third landing, RTD. ...

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Units served with

  • 490th Bomb Group

    490th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 490th Bomb Group, like the 486th and 487th Bomb Groups transitioned from flying B-24 Liberators to B-17 Flying Fortresses, which were used in combat missions from late August 1944. Based at Eye, Suffolk, the Group were focused in the early months...

  • 850th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 43-38009

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 3/7/44; Kearney 12/7/44; Dow Fd 20/7/44; Assigned 850BS/490BG Eye 21/7/44; Missing in Action Stuttgart 13/9/44 with Albt Davis, Bombardier: Dick Wessel (2 Prisoner of War); Co-pilot: Fred Ostler, Navigator: Jenner De Santis, Flight...

  • 43-38072

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 22/6/44; Hunter 13/7/44; Grenier 24/7/44; Assigned 848BS/490BG Eye 27/7/44; 850BS; on local flights 18/8/44 with Albert Davis, Co-pilot: Fred Ostler, Navigator: Jenner DeSantis, Bombardier: Rich Wessel, Flight engineer/top turret...

Associated Place

  • Eye

    Military site : airfield
    Eye air base was not a Class A base but was constructed to a less demanding standard by the 827th and 859th Battalions of U.S. Army Engineers in 1943 and was finished in early 1944. Unusually, a group of its hardstandings were on the other side of the...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Pasco, Washington USA 19 July 1919

Son of Ernest Lawrence and Ruth Violet [Russell] Godfrey.

Enlisted Portland, OR 21 October 1942

Portland, Oregon

Based Eye 1944 – 13 September 1944

Assigned to 850BS, 490BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Hochheim, Germany 13 September 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) Ludwigshaven in B-17 43-38009, crashed at Hochheim on 13-Sep-44, KIA MACR 8855

Buried City View Cemetery, Pasco, Franklin County, WA April 1949

Re-Interred
City View Cemetery
Pasco, Franklin County, Washington

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
31 March 2020 17:02:33 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, biography, awards and events
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28734499
https://www.fold3.com/image/310763493
https://www.fold3.com/image/649293010
https://www.fold3.com/record/85045901-john-e-godfrey
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/177541141/john-ernest-godfrey

Date Contributor Update
22 June 2019 14:27:49 Lawrence Russell Changes to events
Sources

My cousin Sgt. John Ernest Godfrey was born and is buried in Pasco, Washington USA.

https://www.americanairmuseum.com/person/120971

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/177541141/john-ernest-godfrey

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:15:54 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

490th Bomb Group Unit Personnel / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 8855 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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