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John V Dunlap


Shot down 16-Aug-44 in B-17G 42-39996 "Boston Bombshell" while serving as Pilot. Shot down by fighters and crashed near Hebenshausen, Germany. Prisoner of War (POW).



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...

  • 324th Bomb Squadron

    324th Bomb Squadron

    Home of the Memphis Belle


  • 42-39996 Boston Bombshell

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17G 42-39996 'Boston Bombshell' was delivered Long Beach 29-Oct-43; assigned 322BS/91BG [LG-N] Bassingbourn 14-Jan-44. Attacked by German aircraft on a mission to bomb the aircraft factories at Halle, Germany. Attack caused the left wing to catch...


  • 8th Air Force 556

    16 August 1944
    Aircraft factories and oil refineries are the primary targets for this mission. A total of 1090 heavy bombers are despatched. See Mission Details for particulars. ...

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 Atlanta, Georgia
Prisoner of War (POW) Zagan, Poland 16 August 1944 – 26 July 1945

Held at Stalag Luft 3, Sagan-Silesia (now Poland) later moved to Nurmeberg-Langwasser. Officially Returned to Military Control (RMC) 26-Jul-45.


Date Contributor Update
14 January 2015 15:25:46 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography

Combined two entries into a single entry. This record now includes information from the following source: MACR 8179 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database.
Correction of typographical errors.

Date Contributor Update
17 December 2014 17:51:45 Lee8thbuff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 17-Dec-2014. Added SNand crew position in biography per MACR 8179. Added POW event per National Archives Records Administration (NARA) WWII POW database. Loss location per "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

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 / MACR 8179