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John Columbus Sides Jr


Shot down in B-24 41-28779 at Alt Kabelich 20-Jun-44. Prisoner of War (POW).

Awards: POW, PH, WWII Victory, EAME.


Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 389th Bomb Group

    389th Bomb Group

    The 389th Bomb Group, known in more familiar terms as "the Sky Scorpions", flew strategic bombing missions in B-24 Liberators from Hethel, England. They also sent detachments to join bases in North Africa at Benghazi No. 10, Libya, between 3 July 1943...

  • 564th Bomb Squadron


  • 41-28779

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 564BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. This was a "pathfinder" aircraft equipped with Aps-15 radar. ...

Associated Place

  • Hethel

    Military site : airfield
    Construction of Hethel airfield began in 1941, and was finished in late 1942. The number of hardstandings was increased from the planned 36 to 50 in 1942, in order to accommodate a full heavy bomb group. The 320th Bomb Group occupied the base for ten...

  • Stalag Luft IV

    Other location


Event Location Date
Born North Carolina, USA 19 December 1922

Son of John Columbus Sr and Ada E [Bragg] Sides.

Lived in Connally Springs, North Carolina, USA 1941
Enlisted Fort Bragg, NC, USA 14 December 1942
Prisoner of War (POW) Tychowo, Poland 20 June 1944 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft IV.

Baled out Alt Käbelich, 17349 Lindetal, Germany 20 June 1944

Shot down in B-24 41-28779 at Alt Kabelich 20-Jun-44. POW.

Died Burke County, NC, USA 27 May 2001
Buried 8831 Old N C Hwy 10, Hildebran, NC 28637, USA June 2001

First Baptist Church Hildebran Cemetery
Burke County
North Carolina, USA.


Date Contributor Update
26 June 2018 16:16:56 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and events

Correction of B-24 nickname - Arthur Suppona Via Nate Bosley

Date Contributor Update
25 August 2016 11:07:06 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, suffix, service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:15:48 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 6533 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database