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John Joseph DeFrancesco


Prisoner of War (POW) - crashed near Rochefort on 8 Jan 45 in B-17 'Fightin Hebe' #42-98000



  • Lynwood Spann

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator | 384th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Rochefort on 8 Jan 45 in B-17 'Fightin Hebe' 42-98000

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Units served with

  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb 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...

  • 544th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-98000 FIGHTIN' HEBE

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 27/4/44; Hunter 7/6/44; Dow Fd 27/6/44; Assigned 544BS/384BG [SU-J] Grafton Underwood 15/7/44; on mission 27/9/44 with Raymond Gabel (8 Returned to Duty); Navigator: Rich Lovegren (Killed in Action); Missing in Action Kyllburg, Ger 8/1...


  • 787

    8 January 1945

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...

  • Stalag XIII-D

    Other location


Event Location Date
Born Waterbury, CT, USA 29 January 1924
Prisoner of war 8 January 1945


Date Contributor Update
29 February 2020 20:42:44 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Added a "#" to the A/C serial # in the "Summary biography" for clarity.

Date Contributor Update
09 December 2018 19:29:53 bombercommand Changes to events

Date Contributor Update
03 November 2017 15:22:52 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography and events

Merged with duplicate entries to include details from:
- MACR 11579;
- Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

Date Contributor Update
15 December 2014 03:25:10 bombercommand Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

MACR 11579