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John Whicker Humphrey


Assigned to 364BS, 305BG, 8F USAAF. 15 x missions. Crashed attempting to land at Endcliffe Park, Sheffield, UK returning from Aalborg, Denmark mission 22-Feb-44 in B-17G 42-31322 'Mi Amigo'. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 15190

Attended Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois for two years and latterly worked at an ordnance factory prior to joining USAAF. Commissioned August 1943.

Awards: AM (2OLC), PH.



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Associated Place

  • Chelveston

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    Crash site


Event Location Date
Born Wyoming, IL 17 July 1920

Son of Marion G and Cecilia [Kinsella] Humphrey. Only son, two sisters. Pre-war occupation: chemicals firm employee (ordnance manufacturer).

Enlisted Davenport, IL 2 January 1943

Arrived Geiger Field 04.10.43 with 66-1 service record showing 8 months in USAAF with 168 hours of flying time, rated "very good''.

Based Chelveston October 1943 – 22 February 1944

Assigned to 364BS, 305BG, 8F USAAF.

Died Endcliffe Park, Sheffield 22 February 1944

Battle damaged on Aalborg, Denmark mission; attempted force landing Endcliffe Park, Sheffield. Killed in Action. MACR 15190

Buried 24 February 1944

Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial

Buried St Dominic, Wyoming, IL 14 July 1948

St Dominics Cemetery
Wyoming, IL


Date Contributor Update
14 February 2021 15:28:35 Al_Skiff Changes to biography

Removed # from A/C serial No. to aid clarity and consistency

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12 March 2020 15:30:14 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Corrected a typo in the "Summary biography".

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19 January 2020 08:28:33 miAmigo Changes to awards and events

personnel file

Date Contributor Update
08 April 2019 15:08:28 miAmigo Changes to events

USAAF document 66-1 (personnel file)

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07 April 2019 19:21:12 miAmigo Changes to biography and events

Wyoming Post-Herald.

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18 February 2019 07:21:07 miAmigo Changes to middlename and events

See ''Courage Above the Clouds -the true story of MI-AMIGO and the Heroes of Endcliffe Park'' by Paul Allonby (

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04 January 2019 17:06:11 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, highest rank, biography, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations

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27 September 2014 18:16:48 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Mighty Eighth Chronology Supplement 1942-45; p. 85., Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces