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John Keyes Farnam


TechSgt. John Keys was assigned to the 515th BS, 376th BG, and 8th Air force in Britain, TDY to the 9th AF, in Benghazi North Africa, for, Operation Tidal Wave, to Ploesti, Romania, on Lt. Don Hurd's crew. He was the Flight Engineer/Top Turret Gunner of the B-24D, 42-40664, Teggie Ann. Teggie Ann was hot down by enemy fighters. Lost over Italy and Failed To Return (FTR). 18 Aug 43. 10 POW. MACR 298.

Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.



  • Donaldson Hurd

    Military | Captain | B-24D Command Pilot | 376th Bomb Group
    Lt. Donaldson B. Hurd was assigned to the 8th Air Force, the 376th Bomb Group, and the 515th Bomb Squadron, in the U.K. TDY to the 9th Air Force in North Africa for the Ploesti mission. Lt. Hurd flew the B-24D, 42-40319, Yankee Rebel / Dopey Goldberg,...

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Units served with

  • 9th Air Force
  • 376th Bomb Group

    376th Bomb 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


  • 42-40664 - Honey Chile - Liberandos - Teggie Ann

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D, 42-40664, named, Teggie Ann, should not be mistaken for another B-24D, 41-23754, (of three) also named, Teggie Ann, that were in the 8th Air Force. Later, this, Teggie Ann, 42-40664, was changed to, Little Lady. ...

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Event Location Date
Born Kentucky 29 January 1917
Enlisted Fort Moultrie, SC 5 November 1940

Fort Moultrie, South Carolina

Based 1943 – 16 August 1943

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

Baled out POW 16 August 1943

Flight engineer of B-24 42-40664 'Teggie Ann'. Shot down by enemy fighters over Italy 18-Aug-43, (10 POW), MACR 298.

Prisoner of War (POW) Krems an der Donau, Austria 16 August 1943 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag XVIIb.

Discharged USAAF 25 September 1945

Honourable discharge.

Died Fishers, IN 13 February 2004


Date Contributor Update
09 October 2021 05:06:06 Kickapoo Changes to biography

Black Sunday - Ploesti - Michael Hill

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11 July 2021 18:56:22 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename and biography

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10 July 2021 20:13:55 jmoore43 Changes to biography

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19 January 2021 22:14:25 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and media associations