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John F Payleitner


19 Sept 1944 Hamm Germany mission 'Gilded Orion' ditched in English Channel and all crew saved. Plane crash landed in Belvoax, Belgium returning from mission #278, Pilot & Bombardier also killed. TTG died of wounds


Units served with

  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb Group

    The 379th Bomb Group (H) (heavy), based at Kimbolton, flew more sorties than any other Bomb Group in the Eighth Air Force and dropped a greater bomb tonnage than any other Group. The B-17 Flying Fortress Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit...

  • 526th Bomb Squadron


  • 44-8369

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 22/8/44; Langley 24/9/44; Dow Fd 4/10/44; Assigned 379BG Kimbolton 18/11/44; battle damaged Kassel 14/2/45 with Jim Brown, John Payleitner, Joe Smith, Bill Adams (4 Killed in Action); rest (RTD?); crash landed Bolvoax, Bel; repaired &...


Event Location Date
Born Indianapolis, Indiana
Died 14 February 1945


Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:16:02 AAM AAM ingest

Combat Chronology Supplement p. 192/379th Anthology; 379th Bombardment Group Anthology, pg 324 and 337 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia