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John R McCormick

Military

Assigned to 602BS, 398BG, 8AF USAAF. 26+ combat missions. Involved in the mid-air collision between his B-17 42-97387 'Maude an' Maria' and B-17 43-38697 of (603rd BS) on the 3 February 1945 mission to Berlin. Captured in Kahlstorf, East of Lehmke, Germany on 3 February 1945. He and Bombardier/togglier William Logan were the sole survivors of the crash. Both were Prisoners of War (POW). (Bill Logan was killed on 4 April 1945 by friendly fire from P-47s on a forced march, south of Nurnberg, Germany).
Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 12214.

Awards: AM (3OLC), POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Post war: Recalled to USAF, for service in Korean and Vietnam conflicts flying B-36's and B-52's.

Service

People

  • William Feinstein

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 398th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 602BS, 398BG, 8AF USAAF. Killed in Action (KIA) near Kahlstorf, Germany in B-17 'Maude an Maria' 42-97387. Awards: AM (3OLC), PH.

  • Reynaldo Garcia

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 398th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 602BS, 398BG, 8AF USAAF. Killed in Action (KIA) on 3 February 1945 near Kahlstorf (Lehmke), Germany in B-17 'Maude an Maria' #42-97387.

  • William Garner

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 398th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 602BS, 398BG, 8AF USAAF. Killed in Action (KIA) on 3 February 1945 near Kahlstorf (Lehmke), Germany in B-17 'Maude an Maria' #42-97387.

  • Marvin Gooden

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 398th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 602BS, 398BG, 8AF USAAF. Killed in Action (KIA) on 3 February 1945 near Kahlstorf (Lehmke), Germany in B-17 'Maude an Maria' #42-97387.

  • William Logan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier/Togglier | 398th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 602BS, 398BG, 8AF USAAF. 26+ combat missions. Shot down near Kahlstorf (Lehmke), Germany, 3-Feb-45, in B-17 'Maude an Maria' 42-97387. Prisoner of War (POW). ...

  • Joseph Stritch

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 398th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 602BS, 398BG, 8AF USAAF. Killed in Action (KIA) on 3-Feb-45 near Kahlstorf (Lehmke), Germany in B-17 'Maude an Maria' 42-97387. Awards: AM (3OLC), PH.

  • Jack Withrow

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 398th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 602BS, 398BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Berlin in B-17 42-97387 'Maude an Maria' crashed near Kahlstorf (Lehmke), Germany 3-Feb-45 Killed in Action (KIA). MACR Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), EAME, PH.

  • Ray Woltman

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 398th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 602BS, 398BG, 8AF USAAF. 26+ combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Kahlstorf, Germany, 3-Feb-45, in B-17 42-97387 'Maude an Maria'. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR Awards: AM (4OLC), PH.

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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. ...

  • 398th Bomb Group

    398th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 398th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Nuthampstead, Hertfordshire on strategic bombing raids over Germany. The Group switched focus in the days before D-Day, when they targeted enemy positions on the Cherbourg peninsula. When the Allies...

  • 602nd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-97387 "Maude an' Maria"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 27/2/44; Kearney 16/3/44; Dow Fd 6/4/44; Assigned 602BS/398BG [K8-H] Nuthampstead 28/4/44; (81m). About an hour after bombs away, B-17 #42-97387 was observed to be involved in a mid-air collision with B-17 #43-38697 (of 603rd BS) on...

Missions

  • 817

    3 February 1945

Associated Place

  • Nuthampstead

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1942-43, Nuthampstead was the nearest Eighth Air Force heavy bomber base to London. It had three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. It was first occupied from September 1943 to April 1944 by the 55th...

  • Stalag VII-A

    Other location

  • Dulag Luft 12

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born DeKalb, Illinois 8 October 1918

Son of John J and Mary [Jordan] McCormick.

Enlisted Camp Grant, IL 30 January 1943

Camp Grant, Illinois

Based Nuthampstead 1944 – 3 February 1945

Assigned to 602BS, 398BG, 8AF USAAF.

Prisoner of War (POW) Moosburg, Germany 3 February 1945 – 29 April 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Last interned at Stalag Luft VIIa. Liberated there by US troops on 29 April 1945

Baled out, captured Kahlstorf, Germany 3 February 1945

Involved in the mid-air collision between his B-17 42-97387 'Maude an' Maria' and B-17 43-38697 of (603rd BS). Captured in Kahlstorf, East of Lehmke, Germany on Prisoner of War (POW) on 3 February 1945

Died DeKalb, IL 10 November 2008
Buried Fairview Cemetery De Kalb, DeKalb County, IL 14 November 2008

Fairview Cemetery
De Kalb,
DeKalb County, Illinois

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 December 2021 19:32:35 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, awards and events
Sources

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/31347541/john-r-mccormick

Date Contributor Update
17 December 2021 19:26:16 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/31347541/john-r_-mccormick

Date Contributor Update
15 September 2020 07:16:52 ED-BB Changes to biography
Sources

Corrected details in Biography (for example, he was captured in Kahlstorf, not Karlsdorff, Germany...)

Date Contributor Update
14 September 2020 10:42:03 ED-BB Changes to biography, awards and events
Sources

MACR 12214
German report KU-3652 at https://catalog.archives.gov/id/147913838 (NARA)

Date Contributor Update
12 January 2019 19:19:37 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/46713496
https://www.fold3.com/image/161217294
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/31347541/john-r_-mccormick

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:16:36 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Mighty Eighth Air Force Heritage Museum Membership List, July 2000 MACR 12214. Mention in Hell from Heaven: Memoirs of a WW II B-17 Bombardier by Streitfeld with picture of some crew members on p. 115

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