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John T Potschner

Military

Assigned to 597BS, 397BG, 9AF USAAF. Departed base Perrone (A-72) on mission to Germany, climbing through 10/10 cloud layer departed formation. Crashed 3 km SW Wassigny, partial bomb load detonation destroyed A/C and crew. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 15875

Awards: PH

Service

People

  • Francis Brodley

    Military | Sergeant | Gunner | 397th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 597BS, 397BG, 9AF USAAF. Departed base Perrone (A-72) on mission to Germany, climbing through 10/10 cloud layer departed formation. Crashed 3 km SW Wassigny, partial bomb load detonation destroyed A/C and crew. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR...

  • Robert Curran

    Military | Flight Sergeant | Gunner | 397th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 597BS, 397BG, 9AF USAAF. 5 x missions. Departed base Perrone (A-72) on mission to Germany, climbing through 10/10 cloud layer departed formation. Crashed 3 km SW Wassigny, partial bomb load detonation destroyed A/C and crew. Killed in...

  • Edward Moore

    Military | Sergeant | Gunner | 397th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 597BS, 397BG, 9AF USAAF. Departed base Perrone (A-72) on mission to Germany, climbing through 10/10 cloud layer departed formation. Crashed 3 km SW Wassigny, partial bomb load detonation destroyed A/C and crew. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR...

  • William Pierson

    Military | Sergeant | Gunner | 397th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 597BS, 397BG, 9AF USAAF. Departed base Perrone (A-72) on mission to Germany, climbing through 10/10 cloud layer departed formation. Crashed 3 km SW Wassigny, partial bomb load detonation destroyed A/C and crew. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR...

  • John Reading

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-pilot | 397th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 597BS, 397BG, 9AF USAAF. Departed base Perrone (A-72) on mission to Germany, climbing through 10/10 cloud layer departed formation. Crashed 3 km SW Wassigny, partial bomb load detonation destroyed A/C and crew. Killed in Action (KIA). 28...

Units served with

Aircraft

  • 42-96124 'Holy Moses'

    B-26 Marauder
    Assigned to 597BS, 397BG, 9AF USAAF. Departed base Perrone (A-72) on mission to Germany, climbing through 10/10 cloud layer departed formation. Crashed 3 km SW Wassigny, partial bomb load detonation destroyed A/C and crew. 6 x Killed in Action (KIA)....

Associated Place

  • Rivenhall

    Military site : airfield
    Originally allocated to the Eighth Air Force as a heavy bomber base, Rivenhall was built during 1943-44 but transferred to the Ninth Air Force before construction was complete. It had three concrete runways, 51 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2...

  • Péronne

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Born Dover, OH, USA 8 May 1922

Son of Fred P and Gertrude L [Whitmire] Potschner.

Lived in Ohio, USA 1941
Based Rivenhall 1944 – 28 February 1945

Assigned to 597BS, 397BG, 9AF USAAF.

Died 02630 Wassigny, France 28 February 1945

Failed to Return mission to Germany. Crashed 3 km SW Wassigny 28-Feb-45. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 15875

Buried 80200 Péronne, France 29 February 1945

Interred
Péronne cemetery

Buried Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial 1946

Re-Interred
Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 August 2018 20:45:03 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmacr.asp?MACR=15875&Submit=Go
https://www.fold3.com/image/29426710
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56374911/john-t-potschner

Date Contributor Update
20 August 2018 20:43:47 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmacr.asp?MACR=15875&Submit=Go
https://www.fold3.com/image/29426710
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56374911/john-t-potschner

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