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John F Payleitner

Military

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

Service

Units served with

  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb Group

    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

Aircraft

  • 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 &...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Indianapolis, Indiana
Died 14 February 1945

Revisions

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

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

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