Skip to main content
Edit entry 

John J Bannister


Assigned to 383FS, 364FG, 8AF USAAF. 72 combat missions in P-38s and P-51s. Credited 2 kills. Ended Tour of Duty. Flew P-38 escort to B-17s to Berlin 6-Mar-1944 and flew cover for the Normandy invasion 6-Jun-44.

Awards: DFC, AM (4LC), WWII Victory, EAME.

Post war: Air Traffic controller.


Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 364th Fighter Group

    364th Fighter Group

    The 364th Fighter Group flew 342 missions in P-38 Lightnings and P-51 Mustangs from Honington, Suffolk. The missions ranged from escorting bombers and dive-bombing and strafing targets to area patrol missions across a swathe of land that took in France...

  • 383rd Fighter Squadron


Associated Place

  • Honington

    Military site : airfield
    Honington was in use by Eighth Air Force units for a longer period than any other air base in England. The air base, built in the mid 1930s as part of the RAF's expansion programme had seen plenty of action as an RAF base before it was handed over to...


Event Location Date
Born Richmond, Virginia 10 July 1919

Son of William Cameron and Sadie Ellen [Butler] Bannister

Lived in Richmond, VA, USA 1941
Enlisted Richmond, VA, USA 21 April 1942
Based Honington August 1943 – September 1944

Assigned to 383FS, 364FG, 8AF USAAF.

Promotion Honington, Bury Saint Edmunds IP31, UK 12 April 1944

Promoted 1st Lieutenant.

Promotion Honington, Bury Saint Edmunds IP31, UK August 1944

Promoted Captain.

End Tour of Duty (ETD) England, UK September 1944
Died 19 May 2007
Buried June 2007


Date Contributor Update
03 September 2016 19:13:26 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
P-51 Mustang By Gardner N. Hatch, Winter Frank H.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:16:12 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list / self