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John F Paznar


Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 #42-29893. Killed in Action (KIA). Earlier on May 10, 1943, took off from Gander in B-17 #42-3143 en route to Prestwick, Scotland, but landed at Bunduran, Ireland.

Purple Heart, AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster



  • John Beilstein

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 #42-29893. Evaded.

  • Joseph Burkowski

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 #42-29893. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Floyd Jamerson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 #42-29893. Killed in Action (KIA).

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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...

  • 524th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-29893 El Diablo

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 4/3/43; Sioux City 16/3/43; Kearney 8/4/43; Dow Fd 22/4/43; Assigned 524BS/379BG [WA-Q] Kimbolton 24/4/43; Missing in Action Nantes 16/9/43 with Floyd H. Jamerson - Pilot, and Radio Operator -John F. Paznar both Killed in Action;...

  • 42-3143 "Bugs"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 23/2/43; Assigned 524BS/379BG Dow Fd 18/4/43; t/o Gander en route UK 10/5/43 with ...


  • VIII Bomber Command 97

    16 September 1943
    This mission is composed of two elements: Bomb Groups from 1st Bomb Division and Bomb groups from 3rd Bomb Division. The first element is a combined force of 147 B-17s from: 91BG (18); 303BG (19); 305BG (16); 351BG (19); 379BG (19); 381BG (20); and...

Associated Place

  • Kimbolton

    Military site : airfield
    Planned for RAF use, Kimbolton airfield was built by W and C French Ltd. in 1941. The airfield was increased in size to accommodate a full US heavy Bomb Group, and the first such unit to us it was the 91st Bomb Group, who arrived in September 1942....


Event Location Date
Born Chisholm, Minnesota, USA
Killed in Action (KIA) France 16 September 1943


Date Contributor Update
15 March 2020 21:22:20 jmoore43 Changes to biography

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

Date Contributor Update
13 March 2019 20:58:29 Nimitz41 Changes to media associations

Mel Pins, Des Moines, Iowa

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

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 1346 / MACR 1346, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop and Hey pp. 116, 284. WWII Memorial entry by sister / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database