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John Perella


Originally a member of the Earl H. Beitler Crew (Crew #768), Perella was flying with the Richard Farrington Crew (Crew #487) when he was KIA on 21 April 1945



  • Earl Beitler

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot -- Squadron Operations Officer | 466th Bomb Group

  • Richard Farrington

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) at Regensburg in B-24 'Black Cat' #42-95592.

  • Neil Gobrecht

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Co-Pilot/Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    Flew B-24 in combat in WW 2. Flew B-29 during the Korean War. Flew U-10 in combat during the Vietnam War Retired as a Lt. Colonel. Was a science teacher for 12 years before retiring.

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Units served with

  • 466th Bomb Group

    466th Bomb Group

    The 466th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Attlebridge, Norfolk, during the last year of the war in Europe. The Group flew 232 missions in the course of the year and celebrated the 100th one by inviting local people onto the base to mark the...

  • 784th Bomb Squadron
  • 787th Bomb Squadron



Associated Place

  • Attlebridge

    Military site : airfield
    Attlebridge was constructed for RAF use and completed to that standard in 1942. However, with news that it was to be assigned to the American Air Force, the runways were extended and additional hardstandings and outbuildings constructed for the heavy...

  • Oberhinkofen

    Crash site


Event Location Date
Born Joliet, IL, USA 25 June 1924
Lived in Joliet, IL, USA 1943

506 Grant Street

Died Scharmassing, 93083 Obertraubling, Germany 21 April 1945

Shot down with the Farrington Crew aboard "Black Cat" the last 8th AF B-24 shot down during the war.

Buried Joliet, IL, USA 1948

Mount Olivet Cemetery
Will County
Illinois, USA


Date Contributor Update
05 January 2017 00:04:49 466thHistorian Changes to service number and highest rank

466th BG Roll of Honor

Date Contributor Update
04 September 2015 19:17:13 466thHistorian Created entry with surname, firstname, nationality, highest rank, role, biography, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations, mission associations and media associations

466th BG Historian