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John H Gaffney

Military

Assigned to 515BS, 376BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Messina, Sicily, 30-Apr-43; Flak took out No.3 engine and port flaps, fell away from formation being harried by several Me-109's, ditched in sea. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 3305

Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Walter Swarner

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 376th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 515BS, 376BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Messina, Sicily, 30-Apr-43; Flak took out No.3 engine and port flaps, fell away from formation being harried by several Me-109's, ditched in sea. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 3305 ...

Units served with

  • 376th Bomb Group

    376th Bomb Group

    Group
    Constituted as 376th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 19 Oct 1942 and activated in Palestine on 31 Oct. Began combat immediately, using B-24 aircraft. Operated with Ninth AF from bases in the Middle East, Nov 1942-Sep 1943, and with Twelfth AF from Tunisia...

  • 515th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24200 'Wittle Wed Wabbit'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 515BS, 376BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Messina, Sicily, 30-Apr-43; Flak took out No.3 engine and port flaps, fell away from formation being harried by several Me-109's, ditched in sea. 2 x POW, 7 x KIA MACR 3305

Associated Place

  • Berca

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Born New York, NY 1921

Son of Margaret Gaffney.

Enlisted New York City, NY 2 January 1942

New York City, New York

Based Berca 1943 – 30 April 1943

Assigned to 515BS, 376BG, 9AF USAAF.

Ditched POW Messina, Sicily 30 April 1943

Failed to Return (FTR) Messina, Sicily, 30-Apr-43; Flak took out No.3 engine and port flaps, fell away from formation being harried by several Me-109's, ditched in sea. POW MACR 3305

Prisoner of War (POW) Ascoli Piceno, Italy 30 April 1943 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). CC 59 Ascoli Piceno, Italy.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 March 2020 20:36:25 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28650956
https://www.fold3.com/image/28651023
https://www.fold3.com/record/83517525-john-h-gaffney

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