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John Olivi Yokie

Military

Transferred from the 15th Air Force 2nd BG 20th BS and assigned to the 384th BG 544th BS on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #38 dated 26 February 1944, as crew pilot. He flew 30 combat missions with the 15th Air Force in Italy prior to being assigned to the 384th Bombardment Group. He completed 14 missions with the 384th BG.

Service

People

  • William Anstead

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner, Ball Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Wounded on B-17 #42-31495, 24 April 1944, 8th Air Force mission #315. 29 combat missions.

  • Deston Cleland

    Military | Sergeant | 384th Bomb Group

  • Thomas Cochran

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Flexible Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down on 8 May 1944 in B-17 #42-31495 'Wabbit Twacks.' Killed in Action (KIA). Missing Air Crew Report #4561 PH

  • Edward Coon

    Military | Master Sergeant | 384th Bomb Group

  • William Donehoo

    Military | First Lieutenant | 384th Bomb Group

  • Wilbert Figley

    Military | Staff Sergeant | 384th Bomb Group

  • John Graham

    Military | Technical Sergeant | 384th Bomb Group

  • James Grauer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier, Enlisted, Nose Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 24 April 1944 in B-17 #4237885 'Frostie. ' Crashed in Switzerland. Interned.

  • William Harper

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 544BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. Bill Lotz crew. 30 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME, UN and Korean medals. Post war: Served in Korean conflict.

  • Walter Harvey

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 24 April 1944 in B-17 #42-31346 'Shack Rabbit.' Evaded, MACR 4355. E&E Report #1103.

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Units served with

  • 15th Air Force

    15th Air Force


    The Fifteenth Air Force was one of two Strategic Air forces in Europe, along with the Eighth Air Force. ...

  • 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. ...

  • 2nd Bomb Group

    2nd Bomb Group

    Group
    Served on antisubmarine duty for several months after the U.S. entered World War II. In October 1942 was re-designated as 2d Bombardment Group (Heavy) and earmarked for combat. The group was transferred on paper to Geiger Field, Washington, where it...

  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb Group

    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...

  • 544th Bomb Squadron
  • 20th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-29602

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 15/1/43; Salina 23/1/43; Kearney 26/2/43; Morrison 9/3/43; Assigned 20BS/2BG Navarin 4/4/43; Chateau-du-Rhumel 27/4/43; Ain M'Lila 17/6/43; Massicault 31/7/43; Bizerte 2/12/43; Amendola 9/12/43; Missing in Action Porto Civitanova 21...

  • 42-29604

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Del Cheyenne 16/1/43; Salina 27/1/43; Kearney 6/2/43; Lincoln 4/3/43; Morrison 10/3/43; Assigned 20BS/2BG Navarin 19/3/43; Chateau-du-Rhumel 27/4/43; Ain M'Lila 17/6/43; Massicault 31/7/43; Bizerte 2/12/43; Amendola 9/12/43; transferred 99BG Tortorella...

  • 42-29909

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 6/3/43; Gore 20/3/43; Birmingham 31/3/43; Nashville 10/4/43; Morrison 14/4/43; Assigned 20BS/2BG Navarin, Alg 22/4/43; Chateau-du-Rhumel, Alg 27/4/43; Ain M'Lila, Alg 17/6/43; Massicault, Tun 31/7/43; Bizerte, Tun 2/12/43; Amendola, It...

  • 42-31346 SHACK RABBIT

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 23/10/43; Grand Island 31/10/43; Wilmington 27/11/43; Assigned 544BS/384BG [SU-Q] Grafton Underwood 20/1/44; Missing in Action Oberpfaffenhofen 24/4/44 with Walter L. Harvey, Navigator: Johnson W. Rule, Bombardier: Richard E. Rader,...

  • 42-31495 Wabbit Twacks

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 11/11/43; Kearney 1/12/43; Romulus 9/12/43; Presque Is 16/12/43; Assigned 544BS/384BG [SU-R] Grafton Underwood 21/1/44; Missing in Action Sottevast, France 8 May 1944 with James Foster, Co-pilot: Clifford Johnson, Navigator: Joseph...

  • 42-3429 'Flak House'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 12/6/43; Kearney 20/7/43; Assigned 544BS/384BG [SU-F] Grafton Underwood 11/8/43; 1 Base Air Depot, Burtonwood 8/6/44; Returned to the USA 19/6/44, then LU RTO A6F Phillips 29/11/44. FLAK HOUSE.

  • 42-3440 'Broadway Rose'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 13/6/43; Dow Fd 29/7/43; Assigned 544BS/384BG [SU-B] Grafton Underwood 6/6/43; transferred Azon/Aphrodite duties, Knettishall 8/6/44; Salvaged n/battle damaged 25/5/45. BROADWAY ROSE.

  • 42-37785 Little Barney

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 27/8/43; Assigned 303BG Molesworth 18/10/43; 1 BAD 23/10/43; transferred 544BS/384BG [SU-N] Grafton Underwood 2/11/43; re-assigned 9th Air Force 21/3/45 for mapping duties at Istres, Fr. An elecrical fire with Bill Buxton caused force...

  • 42-37885 Frostie

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 2/10/43; Gr Island 22/10/43; Assigned 544BS/384BG [SU-L] Grafton Underwood 22/11/43 as MRS F. D. R.; then 545BS [JD-D]; Missing in Action Erding 24/4/44 with Virgil Broyhill, Co-pilot: Albt Burns, Navigator: Guy Earle, Bombardier: Jim...

  • 42-37982 Tremblin' Gremlin'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 3/11/43; Gr Island 12/11/43; Assigned 544BS/384BG [SU-K] Grafton Underwood 21/1/44; Missing in Action Hamm 19 September 1944 with Joe R. Carnes; co-pilot William G. Wyatt, Navigator: Alfred D. Benjamin; togglier Bob Chanter; Flight...

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Missions

  • 8th Air Force 253

    9 March 1944
    Berlin is once again targeted by this mission as a secondary target. Primary target not listed in source data. All 3 Air Divisions despatch aircraft. There is very little fighter opposition. Mission Summary follows: ...

  • 8th Air Force 262

    16 March 1944
    The two primary targets for this mission are: the industrial areas of Augsburg, Germany and Friedrichshafen, Germany. A combined force of 720 heavy bombers are despatched from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions. The bomber gunners of the combined despatch...

  • 8th Air Force 264

    18 March 1944
    The German aircraft industries and aie depots are the main objectives of this mission. A combined total of 738 heavy bombers from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions are despatched to bomb the German aircraft industries at Oberpfaffenhofen and...

  • 8th Air Force 266

    19 March 1944
    V-Weapon sites in France are the targets for this mission. A combined force of 193 B-17s of 1st and 3rd Air Divisions are despatched. Mission Summary follows: ...

  • 8th Air Force 269

    20 March 1944
    The industrial areas of Frankfurt and the railroad marshalling yards there are the targets for this mission. All three Air Disivisions despatch aircraft but high clouds frustrated bombing attempts and many formations abandoned the mission even after...

  • 8th Air Force 273

    22 March 1944
    The German aviation industries at Oraneinburg and Basdorf were the intended primary target for this mission but dense cloud cover prevented the attack on these targets. The secondary target of Berlin, Germany and surrounding Targets of Opportunity (TOs...

  • 8th Air Force 282

    27 March 1944
    This mission might be likened to a "shotgun blast" as a combined force 714 heavy bombers are despatched form all three Air Divisions to attack 11 different German airfields and air depots in France. Mission summary follows: ...

  • 8th Air Force 284

    29 March 1944
    This mission is composed of two separate elements. The first element is a combined force of 238 B-17s of 1st Air Division: 91BG; 92BG; 303BG; 305BG; 306BG; 351BG; 379BG; 381BG; 384BG; 401BG and 457BG are despatched to bomb the industrial areas of...

  • 8th Air Force 298

    11 April 1944

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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born 9 March 1920

Massachusetts

Enlisted 28 March 1942

Cleveland, Ohio

Died 18 October 1997

Died in Kingsland, Texas
Burial:
Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery
San Antonio
Bexar County
Texas, USA
Plot: Section CU Site 3

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 November 2018 10:53:17 ED-BB Changes to service number, role and events
Sources

NARA WWII Enlistment records

Date Contributor Update
28 August 2017 10:18:45 wyokie5294 Changes to highest rank
Sources

error in changing

Date Contributor Update
28 August 2017 10:14:28 wyokie5294 Changes to highest rank and biography
Sources

Information found from the National Archives in College Park, MD.

Date Contributor Update
21 July 2017 23:25:54 bombercommand Changes to highest rank and biography
Sources

http://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/person.php?PersonKey=4385

Date Contributor Update
23 March 2017 05:09:48 bombercommand Changes to media associations
Sources

384thbombgroup.com

Date Contributor Update
13 July 2016 08:05:03 wyokie5294 Changes to biography, person associations, unit associations, aircraft associations, mission associations and media associations
Sources

384thbombgroup.com
www.2ndbombgroup.org
Picture from personal collection

Date Contributor Update
08 January 2016 00:39:29 bombercommand Changes to events
Sources

384thbombgroup.com
find a grave http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=55662104

Date Contributor Update
08 January 2016 00:24:48 bombercommand Changes to middlename, service number, role, biography, awards, place associations and media associations
Sources

384thbombgroup.com

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:16:30 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / http://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/PersonnelSearch.php?LastName=y...

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