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John F Lohr


In 1944 John F. Lohr was assigned to the 8th Air Force's 379th Bomb Group,526th squadron in the European Theater and Participated in the Battle of the Ardennes as a radio operator/gunner on a B-17 based in Kimbolton England.


Units served with

  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb Group

    The 379th Bomb Group (H) (heavy), based at Kimbolton, flew more sorties than any other Bomb Group in the Eighth Air Force and dropped a greater bomb tonnage than any other Group. The B-17 Flying Fortress Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit...

  • 526th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-102689 Lady Luck

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/3/44; Kearney 15/4/44; Grenier 7/5/44; Assigned 379BG Kimbolton 10/5/44;

  • 42-102974 Hellcat Agnes

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 24/4/44; Hunter 4/5/44; Dow Fd 17/5/44; Assigned 338BS/96BG Snetterton 19/6/44; transferred 379BG Kimbolton 26/5/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 3/7/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 28/8/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation ...

  • 42-39800 Patches, Just So

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered 4/9/43; Assigned 303BG Molesworth 18/10/43; transferred 1 Base Air Depot, Burtonwood 23/10/43; re-ass 547BS/384BG [SO- ] Grafton Underwood 2/11/43; transferred 526BS/379BG [LF-T] Kimbolton 7/11/43; crashed RAF Wilton, UK 2/12/44; sal 2 SAD...

  • 42-97128 Screwball Express

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 29/1/44; Alexandra 15/2/44; Presque Is 4/3/44; Assigned 457BG Glatton 6/3/44; transferred 384BG Grafton Underwood 12/3/44; 527BS/379BG [FO-M] Kimbolton 28/12/44. ...

  • 42-97370

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 23/2/44; Rapid City 15/3/44; Dow Fd 14/4/44; Assigned 398BG Nuthampstead 24/4/44; no ops, transferred 527BS/379BG [FO-G] Kimbolton 6/5/44; 526BS [LF-G]; Returned to the USA Bradley 3/7/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 21/10/45...

  • 42-97890 'Queen of Hearts' "L'il Satan"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 27/3/44; Kearney 22/5/44; Grenier 29/5/44; Assigned 524BS/379BG [WA-U] Kimbolton 12/6/44 LIL SATAN; returning from Toulouse flak hit blew off nose 25/6/44 with Karl Becker; Navigator: Bob Evans, Bombardier: Arthur Maataa (2 Killed in...

  • 43-37743

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 17/5/44; Kearney 27/5/44; Grenier 7/6/44; Assigned 379BG Kimbolton 19/6/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 29/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 2/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 5...

  • 43-38275 'Take Me Home'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 15/7/44; Hunter 25/7/44; Dow Fd 1/8/44; Assigned 527BS/379BG Kimbolton 8/9/44; Missing in Action Zeitz 30/11/44 with Bill Sullivan, Henry Heerman, Hamilton Platt, Larry Archer, Rudi Rust, Vic Stark, Wayne Shelton, Henry Kritzer, Bill...

  • 43-38577

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 20/8/44; Hunter 27/8/44; Grenier 6/9/44; Assigned 338BS/96BG Snetterton 11/9/44; transferred 379BG Kimbolton 23/9/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 3/7/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 7/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation ...

  • 43-38745

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 16/9/44; Grenier 27/9/44; Assigned 379BG Kimbolton 14/10/44; battle damaged Plauen 23/2/45 with Vernon Olson, crash landed (?continent/Ipswich?)o; Salvaged.

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Associated Place

  • Kimbolton

    Military site : airfield
    Planned for RAF use, Kimbolton airfield was built by W and C French Ltd. in 1941. The airfield was increased in size to accommodate a full US heavy Bomb Group, and the first such unit to us it was the 91st Bomb Group, who arrived in September 1942....


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