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John L Hurd


Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 #42-39847 'Battlin' Betty'. Prisoner of War (POW).



Units served with

  • 401st Bomb Group

    401st Bomb Group

    The 401st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deenethorpe, Northamptonshire, from November 1943 to June 1945. Starting their missions at that time meant the focus was very much on the coming invasion attempt of France planned for the following...

  • 614th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-39847 "Battlin' Betty"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 18/9/43; Scott 24/10/43; Assigned 614BS/401BG [IW-G] Deenethorpe 2/11/43; Missing in Action Stettin 11/4/44 with Francis Shaw, Co-pilot: Bill Cole, Navigator: Elmer Engelhardt, Bombardier: Alf Audrey, Flight engineer/top turret...

Associated Place

  • Deenethorpe

    Military site : airfield
    Deenethorpe was a base purpose-built for American heavy bombers, with the Class A regulation 2,000 and 1,400-yard runways. All the buildings on site,such as the accommodation and administrative blocks, were temporary. In December 1943, several local...


Event Location Date
Born Southgate, California
Prisoner of War (POW). Austria 11 April 1944

Stalag 17B Braunau Gneikendorf Near Krems Austria 48-15


Date Contributor Update
25 January 2020 20:32:01 jmoore43 Changes to service number and events

Added a POW event. Added a "-" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" for clarity.
Added S/N and POW camp information from WW2 POW records at the National Archives (NARA).

Date Contributor Update
23 January 2020 19:41:43 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Added a "-" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" for clarity.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:16:23 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Flak Dodger by Roland Byers; MACR 4016,