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John W Gillikin


On August 14, 1944, pilot Norton in AC#24012 was hit by fighters and antiaircraft fire while making a drop to French Resistance. In a hilly area near Lyon, plane went down after the drop was made. Gillikin was the lone survivor. The French found him and nursed him for several weeks until Allied Forces came to Lyon. There he was flown to a hospital in Italy, but soon flown to Augusta, GA so that his burns could be properly treated.


Units served with

  • 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)

    492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)

    The 492nd Bomb Group were assigned to the 8th Air Force in April 1944. They flew 60 missions over occupied Europe from 11 May 1944 until 7 August 1944. ...

  • 856th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-40172 'Lynn Bari II'

    B-24 Liberator
    Flown on the August 1, 1943 low-level Ploesti mission returning safely to Libya. ...


Event Location Date
Born Chicago, Illinois, USA
Killed in Action (KIA) France 14 August 1944


Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:16:46 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 8422 / MACR 8422,Combat Chronology Supplements p. 541 and 194, They Flew by Night, pp. 221-222, / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database