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John B Brinegar

Military

Flew 30 missions with the 388th BG between July 44 and Jan 45, the last 14 as lead pilot. Known to have flown on the following aircraft.
Sweetheart/Willie Wildcat 42-3263
Old 66/Lady Margaret 42-30778
Heavens Above/Panhandle Kid 42-102434
Cruisin’ Cradle 43-38385
Miss Karen K 44-8223
Rough Darts 44-8078
Wolf Wagon 42-97666
Forever Amber 43-37896
Stardust/My True Love 42-102559
Moonlight Serenade 43-37599
And his last mission in
Fickle Fanny 42-97943

Service

People

  • Frederick Dearing

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 388th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed at Baltrum on 31 Dec 44 in B-17 44-8207

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Units served with

  • 388th Bomb Group

    388th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 388th Bomb Group flew strategic bombing mission from Knettishall, Suffolk from June 1943 to the end of the war. During this time, though, detachments were sent to Fersfield, Norfolk to conduct Aphrodite missions. In these Aphrodite missions veteran...

  • 561st Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-102434 Heaven's Above/Panhandle Kid

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 3/3/44; Dorval (Montreal) 10/3/44; Assigned RAF [HB783]; transferred USAAF 26/3/44; Assigned 561BS/388BG [L] Knettishall 22/3/44; battle damaged Merseburg 28/9/44 with Elroy Gierach, Co-pilot: Percy Mead, Navigator: Harry Hobbs,...

  • 42-102559

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 14/3/44; Gr Island 1/4/44; Grenier 6/4/44; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 8/4/44 STAR DUST; battle damaged Berlin 26/2/45 with ?; force landed Thionville A/fd, Fr; Salvaged 9/3/45. MY TRUE LOVE.

  • 42-30778 Old 66/Lady Margaret

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 28/7/43; Gore 6/8/43; Pendleton 12/8/43; Reno 14/8/43; Pierre 16/8/43; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 3/9/43; crashed on take off for France 13/8/44 with Leon Sutton, Co-pilot: Harlan Thompson, Navigator: George Healy, Bombardier:...

  • 42-3263 'Slightly Dangerous'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 15/4/43; Dow Fd 26/5/43; Assigned 335BS/95BG [OE-V] Horham 15/6/43; 48m, (TG H.S. Boes wia 6/9/43); force landed Bungay AF 16/9/43 SAD 21/6/44; transferred 412BS [QW-V]; Returned to the USA Patterson 7/7/44; Reconstruction Finance...

  • 42-97666

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 21/1/44; 1SAG Langley 3/3/44; Grenier 6/4/44; Assigned as SH ship 96BG Snetterton 7/4/44; transferred 728BS/452BG Deopham Green 8/4/44; Missing in Action Hamburg 31/12/44 with John Kostuch (Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Bob McCutcheon,...

  • 42-97943

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 11/4/44; 1SAG Langley 18/5/44; Dow Fd 5/7/44; Assigned 560BS/388BG Knettishall 6/7/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 27/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 2/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA)...

  • 43-37599

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 3/5/44; Hunter 18/5/44; Dow Fd 4/6/44; Assigned 562BS/388BG [Q] Knettishall 9/6/44; Missing in Action (32m) Stuttgart 5/9/44 with Ray Paaske, Co-pilot: Garis Jacoby {shot in captivity}, Navigator: Tony Santos, Waist gunner: Sam...

  • 43-37896

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 2/6/44; Kearney 12/6/44; Grenier 2/7/44; Assigned 563BS/388BG Knettishall 3/7/44; ct fire en route Bordeaux 14/4/45 with ?; force landed Lyon, Fr; 9RTD. FOREVER AMBER.

  • 43-38385

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 28/7/44; Hunter 5/8/44; Dow Fd 18/8/44; Assigned 563BS/388BG Knettishall 22/8/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 21/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 30/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA)...

  • 44-8078

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 6/6/44; Dorval 26/6/44; slated RAF HB 811, transferred 560BS/388BG Knettishall 3/8/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 26/6/45; Sth Plains 29/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 11/12/45. ROUGH...

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Events

Event Location Date
Born Los Angeles, California 4 October 1915
Died 13 June 1997

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 October 2020 16:19:57 RayWells Changes to biography and aircraft associations
Sources

Updated Connections and Biography details from his son Robert

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

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / www.388bg.info/Personnel.html

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