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John G Keeney


Assigned to 547BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. Chas Majeske crew. 35 x combat missions. ETD

Awards: AM (5OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

Post war: Remained in USAF serving in Korean and Vietnam conflicts, rising to rank of Colonel.



  • Charles Majeske

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Charles Majeske enlisted in the Army Air Corps on 25 July 1942 in Saginaw, Michigan at the age of 22. He was a 2nd Lieutenant when assigned to the 384th Bomb Group stationed at Grafton Underwood in England and flew his first mission as copilot...

  • Stanley Young

    Military | Second Lieutenant | MOS 1035 - Bombardier | 384th Bomb Group

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Units served with

  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb Group

    The 384th Bomb Group flew B-17s from Grafton Underwood, Northamptonshire, between May 1943 and June 1945. They were engaged in daylight bombing missions over Germany as part of the Allies' efforts to destroy the effectiveness of the Luftwaffe by...

  • 547th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-37788 HELL'S MESSENGER

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 28/8/43; Scott 16/9/43; Assigned 544BS/384BG Grafton Underwood 7/11/43; transferred 547BS [SO-N]; transferred to 364FG Leiston, Sfk, UK. 11/43; Returned to the USA Bradley 14/7/45; 4185 BU Independence 17/7/45; Reconstruction Finance...

  • 42-38013 "NEVADA AVENGER"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/11/43; New Castle 10/12/43; Presque Is 15/12/43; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-C] Grafton Underwood 21/1/44; sal battle damaged 27/4/44. NEVADA AVENGER. ...

  • 42-97204

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 6/2/44; Gr Island 23/2/44; Grenier 13/3/44; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-K] Grafton Underwood 30/3/44; Missing in Action Gelsenkirchen 26/8/44 with Harry Rainey, Co-pilot: J.Z. Rowe, Navigator: Chas Francis, Bombardier: Walt Kendall,...

  • 44-6135

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 10/5/44; Kearney 23/5/44; Dow Fd 30/5/44; Assigned 545BS/384BG [JD-J] Grafton Underwood 10/6/44; 547BS [SO-H], 546BS [BK-B]; battle damaged Cologne 10/1/45 with ?; force landed continent; Salvaged 22/1/45.

  • 44-6592 STARDUST

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 16/9/44; Grenier 2/10/44; Assigned to the 547th Bomb Squadron, 384th Bomb Group [SO-S] Grafton Underwood 28 October 1944; Missing in Action on a mission to Berlin, 3 February 1945 with George F. Ruckman, Fiorino A. Cinquanta, John O....

Associated Place

  • Grafton Underwood

    Military site : airfield
    Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...


Event Location Date
Born 7 June 1922
Enlisted New York City, NY 4 November 1942

New York City, New York

Based Grafton Underwood July 1944 – November 1944

Assigned to 547BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF.

Discharged USAAF 1 April 1973

Honourable discharge.

Died Lewes, DE 22 November 1993
Buried 26 November 1993

Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington, Virginia


Date Contributor Update
17 August 2020 16:06:18 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:16:04 AAM AAM ingest

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