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John F Gordon


Shot down 11 May 1944 in B-24 #4128664 'Merchant Of Venice. ' Killed in Action (KIA).




  • John MacDonald

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 785BS, 466BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 11-May-44 in B-24 41-28664 'Merchant Of Venice'. Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: AM (2OLC), PH.

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Units served with

  • 466th Bomb Group

    466th Bomb 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
  • 786th Bomb Squadron


  • 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...


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    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...


Event Location Date
Born Lancaster, Ohio 1922
Enlisted Fort Thomas, KY, USA 9 November 1942
Died between Epinal, France and the Swiss border 11 May 1944

a/c was damaged over the target. Pilot stated he was headed towards Switzerland. They were never seen or heard from again.

Buried 1945

No Known Grave
Tablets of The Missing
Cambridge American Cemetery


Date Contributor Update
15 August 2016 01:51:00 466thHistorian Changes to service number, highest rank, events, person associations, place associations, mission associations and media associations

Date Contributor Update
24 November 2015 12:12:34 SJolley Changes to aircraft associations

Consolidated duplicate entries into one entry. This now contains information from: MACR 4802 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:16:00 AAM AAM ingest

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