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John Francis Schimenek

Military

25 missions, including both Schweinfurt missions. Was on the 17 August 1943 one, on board 42-3455 and was wounded. Also flew on B-17 #42-30026 'Battlewagon. ' [Documents attached to database form. ]

AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster/ DFC/ PH

Service

People

  • Loring Miller

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Loring Miller was serving as a Right Waist Gunner on B-17 Serial 42-3455 on the 17 August 1943 mission to Schweinfurt, Germany. Wounded by a shell fragment that punctured his lung from a direct flak hit to the plane, he refused to leave his gun until...

Units served with

  • 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...

  • 546th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-30026 BATTLE WAGON

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 1/4/43; Sioux City 13/4/43; Kearney 4/5/43; Bangor 20/4/43; Assigned 534BS/381BG as BATTLE WAGON but not to UK; transferred 546BS/384BG [BK-J] 29/5/43; Returned to the USA 13/7/43; 4100 BU Patterson 31/7/43; 4000 BU Patterson 5/12/43...

  • 42-3455 Lucky Thirteen

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 21/6/43; Dow 28/7/43; Assigned 546BS/384BG [BK-M] Grafton Underwood 11/8/43; Missing in Action Stuttgart 6/9/43 with Russ Faulkner, Bombardier: Harry Hawes, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Oscar Hamblin (3 evaded capture), Co...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 84

    17 August 1943
    The mission flown on 17-Aug-43, the 1st anniversary of the 1st mission flown by the 8th Air Force, is probably the most written about mission of the war. This is the famous Schweinfurt/Regensburg mission on which 60 B-17s are lost. It has been dubbed ...

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 Superior, Wisconsin 25 December 1916

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
05 February 2019 15:04:06 ED-BB Changes to middlename, biography, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

It's John Francis Schimenek, not John T... (NARA WWII Enlistment records - 16022229)

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:16:43 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / self

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