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John D Bloznelis


Assigned to 564BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. Dead reckoning Navigator on B-24H 41-28764. Ditched in North Sea. 29-Apr-44. Killed in Action (KIA). Body not recovered.

Awards: AM (OLC), PH.


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


  • 41-28764

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 564BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Berlin, generator problems soon after take off compromised electrical system, on return leg noted fuel shortage, preparations for ditching carried out. Plane ditched in North Sea. 7...

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...


Event Location Date
Born New York, NY, USA 1922
Lived in Greene County, NY, USA 1941
Enlisted Albany, NY, USA 8 May 1942
Based Hethel 1943 – 29 April 1944

Assigned to 564BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died North Sea 29 April 1944

Dead reckoning Navigator on B-24H 41-28764. Ditched in North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

Buried 1945

Tablets of the Missing


Date Contributor Update
22 August 2016 10:26:44 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:15:49 AAM AAM ingest

Combat Chronology / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia