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John Michael Conroy

Military

Assigned to 527BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 30 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Zietz in B-17 42-31597 'Landa'; Shot down by intense flak 30-Nov-44. In baling out, was struck by open bomb bay doors resulting in a damaged shoulder and sustaining a broken arm. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 11127

Awards: DFC, AM (2OLC), PH, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Post war: Remained in USAF serving in Korean conflict, discharged 1948. Joined air national guard between 1960-61. Later became a businessman, whose company Aero Spacelines developed the Pregnant Guppy, Super Guppy, and Mini Guppy cargo aircraft. He also later founded Conroy Aircraft and Specialized Aircraft in Santa Barbara, California.

Service

People

  • Jack Butterfield

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 527BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Zietz in B-17 42-31597 'Landa'; Shot down by intense flak 30-Nov-44. Baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 11127 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Elmer Evanson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 527BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Zietz in B-17 42-31597 'Landa'; Shot down by intense flak 30-Nov-44. Baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 11127 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Milton Fox

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 527BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Zietz in B-17 42-31597 'Landa'; Shot down by intense flak 30-Nov-44. Baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 11127 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Nathan Gershenbaum

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 527BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Zietz in B-17 42-31597 'Landa'; Shot down by intense flak 30-Nov-44. Baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 11127 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME

  • Patrick Kelley

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 527BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Zietz in B-17 42-31597 'Landa'; Shot down by intense flak 30-Nov-44. Baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 11127 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • George McClellan

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 527BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 29 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Zietz in B-17 42-31597 'Landa'; Shot down by intense flak 30-Nov-44. Baled out successfully unwounded. when next seen by crewmember, he was unconscious with a broken back...

  • Frank Neu

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Togglier, Nose Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 527BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. John Conroy crew. 24 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Zeitz in B-17 42-31597 'Landa' 30-Nov-44; A/C Hit by flak in 2 x engines, baled out successfully, found dead on ground by enemy, MACR reports crew fired...

  • Peter Papas

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 527BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Zietz in B-17 44-8017 Sad Sack'; Shot down by intense flak 30-Nov-44. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 11125 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Ernest Seeger

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 527BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. John Conroy crew. 28 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Zeitz in B-17 42-31597 'Landa' 30-Nov-44; A/C Hit by flak in 2 x engines, baled out successfully, found dead on ground by enemy, MACR reports crew...

  • Boyce Shelton

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Togglier/Nose gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 527BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 35 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

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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. ...

  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb Group

    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...

  • 527th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-31597 Landa

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 27/11/43; Salt Lake 28/11/43; Cheyenne 17/12/43; Kearney 20/12/43; Romulus 6/1/44; Grenier 9/1/44; Presque Is 12/1/44; Prestwick 15/1/43; Assigned 527/BS/379BG [FO-C] Kimbolton 30/1/44; Missing in Action Zeitz 30/11/44 with John Conroy...

Missions

  • 731

    30 November 1944

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....

  • Stalag Luft I

    Other location

  • Dulag Luft 12

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Buffalo, Eerie County, NY 14 December 1920

Son of Mrs Cellestine R Stowe.

Enlisted February 1942

Enlisted in aftermath of pearl harbour attack.

Based Kimbolton 1944 – 30 November 1944

Assigned to 527BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF.

Baled out WIA Zeitz, Germany 30 November 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) Zietz in B-17 42-31597 'Landa'; Shot down by intense flak 30-Nov-44. Baled out WIA MACR 11127

Wounded in bale out Leipzig - Wahren 30 November 1944 – 15 December 1944

Hospitalised Leipzig - Wahren.

Prisoner of War (POW) Barth, Germany 15 December 1944 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft I.

Discharged USAF 1948

Honourable discharge.

Died Northridge, CA 5 December 1979
Buried Pistol Creek Ranch, Cascade, ID 8 December 1979

Pistol Creek Ranch,
Cascade, Idaho

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 June 2019 22:43:54 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, nickname, highest rank, biography, awards and events
Sources

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_M._Conroy

Date Contributor Update
04 June 2019 19:40:15 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
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Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:16:25 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 11127 / MACR 11127; 379th Bombardment Group Anthology, pg 331 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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