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John Tyson Hardin


John T Hardin was a pilot with the 91st Bomb Group.

His most memorable mission was the one when they went to bomb the U-Boat Pen at La Pallice, France. His plane "Mizpah" collided with "Fury" but both planes were able to land. Only two crew members were injured, from flak: top turret gunner lost one eye, navigator got a cut on one arm.

Completed 25 missions 22 June 1943. Promoted from Lieutenant to Captain after his last mission.

Pilot for Eastern Air Lines from 1945 to 1979.

View an interview with John T Hardin by Georgia WWII Oral History Project here:

AM w/ 4 Oak Leaf Cluster/ DFC


Units served with

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...

  • 322nd Bomb Squadron


Associated Place

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents ( , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...


Event Location Date
Born Macon, Mississippi 17 December 1919
Enlisted Jackson, MS, USA 15 August 1941
Based Bassingbourn September 1942 – July 1943
Returned to the USA 15 July 1943
Died Marietta, GA, USA 8 July 2013


Date Contributor Update
21 January 2015 13:04:45 Lucy May Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, place associations, aircraft associations and media associations

Enlistment record:

Record of death:

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

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