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John B Brady


Shot down 30 December 1942 in B-17F 42-2975 while serving as Pilot. He is believed to have been able to bale out of the aircraft into the sea near the Ile d'Ouessant, France and drowned. Killed in Action (KIA). AC was flying with the 305th formation after a late take-off prevented them from joining the 306BG cover had obscured their own squadrons. Fighters attacked. Aircraft was attacked by German fighters.


Units served with

  • 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    Constituted as 306th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 28 Jan 1942. Activated on 1 Mar 1942. Trained for combat with B-17's. Moved to England, Aug-Sep 1942, and assigned to Eighth AF Eighth Air Force in September 1942 Station 111 Thurleigh. During combat,...

  • 423rd Bomb Squadron


  • 42-2975

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 42-2975 was assigned 423BS/306BG Presque Is 17-Nov-42; Molesworth 25-Nov-42. This was the first B-17 built by Douglas Aircraft Company under license with Boeing to go MIA with the 8th AF. Shot down 30-Dec-42 by enemy aircraft upon return from a...


  • VIII Bomber Command 27

    30 December 1942
    The U-Boat pens at Lorient, France are the target for this mission. A combined force of 77 B-17s are despatched by 91BG (19); 303BG (16); 305BG (13) and 306BG (18). Only 40 are effective on the target. All but 1 B-17 from the 18 despatched by 306BG is...

Associated Place

  • Thurleigh

    Military site : airfield
    Built for RAF use in 1941-42, Thurleigh was initially used by RAF Bomber Command before being handed over to the Eighth Air Force. Its runways and hardstandings were improved, and the B-17s of the 306th Bomb Group began using the base. It was their...


Event Location Date
Killed in Action (KIA) Ushant, France 30 December 1942

Killed when aircraft was attacked by German fighters and crashed into the sea near the Ile d'Ouessant, France. Believed to have baled out into the sea and drowned.

Commemorated Saint-James, France 1945

Commemorated on the Wall of the Missing, Brittany American Cemetery.


Date Contributor Update
08 December 2014 19:35:19 Lee8thbuff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 8-Dec-2014. Added SN and KIA event per MACR 15079; edited biography based on "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE; added decorations and Commemoration event per American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) record; made connections to Place, Aircraft and Mission within existing information in this database.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:15:40 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Roll of Honor, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs by Bishop and Heys Vol. 1 p 56, MACR 15079