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John P Celoni


Shot down by flak and fighters on mission to Oschersleben on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17 #42-3448. Prisoner of War (POW).



Units served with

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...

  • 359th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-3448

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 13/6/43; Scott Fd 9/8/43; force landed base with Ray Irby 11/8/43; Assigned 359BS/303BG Molesworth 18/10/43; 13m Missing in Action Oschersleben 11/1/44 with Henry Eich, Co-pilot: Bill Woodside, Navigator: Jim Carroll, Bombardier:...


  • 8th Air Force 182

    11 January 1944
    Three aviation industry targets in Germany are bombed. The bomber force consists of 291 B-17s despatched from 1st Bomb Division in two elements, one element of 177 B-17s is despatched to Oschersleben, Germany as the primary target, the other 1BD...


Event Location Date
Born San Francisco, California, USA
Prisoner of War (POW) Austria 11 January 1944

Stalag 17B Braunau Gneikendorf Near Krems Austria 48-15


Date Contributor Update
01 July 2021 19:21:09 jmoore43 Changes to mission associations

Added an association to the 8th AF Mission #182 on 11 Jan 1944 per info in the "Summary biography".

Date Contributor Update
24 October 2020 18:47:53 jmoore43 Changes to service number, biography and events

Added POW camp info to the POW event and a S/N from WW2 POW records at the National Archives (NARA).
Copied "Summary biography" from a Duplicate person as part of a merge operation of dup people so the dup person can be deleted.

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

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