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John K Dorsett


Shot down 20 December 1943 in B-17 #4231084. Killed in Action (KIA).

AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH


Units served with

  • 388th Bomb Group

    388th Bomb Group

    The 388th Bomb Group flew strategic bombing mission from Knettishall, Suffolk from June 1943 to the end of the war. During this time, though, detachments were sent to Fersfield, Norfolk to conduct Aphrodite missions. In these Aphrodite missions veteran...

  • 561st Bomb Squadron


  • 42-30193 Hard Luck

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 24/4/43; Sioux City 8/5/43; Smoky Hill 9/6/43; Dow Fd 14/6/43; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 15/6/43. ...

  • 42-30362

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 23/5/43; Gore 25/5/43; Kearney 5/6/43; Dow Fd 1/7/43; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 7/7/43; Missing in Action Beaumont Sur Oise 9/9/43 with Adalbert Porter, Harry Thompson, Vernon Adams, John Moffitt, John Ash, Ralph Mallicote,...

  • 42-31084

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 16/9/43; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 9/10/43; Missing in Action Bremen 20/12/43 with Ken Eccleston, Co-pilot: Pete Schou, Navigator: John Dorsett, Bombardier: Tom Tollin, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Joe Molinari, Radio...

  • 42-3291 Miss Mac

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 30/4/43; Dow Fd 13/6/43; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 14/6/43; on training mission 12/7/44 with Major Boardman Reed, Co-pilot: Major Melvin Buckner, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Paul Weathers, Radio Operator: Ora Kelsey, pass...

  • 42-5908

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 30/4/43; Smoky Hill 6/5/43; Sioux City 19/5/43; Smoky Hill 10/6/43; Presque Is 14/6/43; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 16/6/43; Missing in Action 29/7/43 with Heywood Curling, Co-pilot: John Greene, Navigator: Bill Koffman,...

Associated Place

  • Knettishall

    Military site : airfield
    Knettishall was built to Class A standard for an American Bomb Group that would be bringing up to forty heavy bombers with them in three or four Squadrons. The 388th Bomb Group, which stayed at Knettishall for their entire service in the ETO, flew B-17...


Event Location Date
Born York, South Carolina, USA
Lived in York, SC 29745, USA 1942
Enlisted Charlotte, NC, USA 27 March 1942
Killed in Action (KIA) Bremen-Vegesack, Bremen, Germany 20 December 1943

Flak at the Target area was very intense and every plane suffered battle damage. Lt. Eccleston, in a/c 42-31084, was lost due to this flak; and, when last seen at 1212 hours, he was going down with his bomb bay doors open and on fire.


Tablets of the Missing
Cambridge American Cemetery
Cambridge, United Kingdom


Date Contributor Update
18 December 2017 00:27:05 466thHistorian Changes to highest rank, events and aircraft associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:16:20 AAM AAM ingest

ABMC; MACR 3154 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 3154 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database