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John F Beard


Shot down by fighters and crashed near Lingen/Ems, GR after falling behind in the formation when the bomb doors would not close on return from a mission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17F #42-30337 'Eight Ball'. Prisoner of War (POW).



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. ...

  • 390th Bomb Group

    390th Bomb Group

    The 390th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Framlingham, Suffolk, between July 1943 and the end of the war in Europe. The Group was engaged in strategic missions until the invasion of Europe when its role became more of a tactical one. This...

  • 570th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-30337 Eight Ball, 8 Ball, Flak Hack

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 18/5/43; Gore 20/5/43; Geiger 28/5/43; Gt Falls 7/6/43; Smoky Hill 2/7/43; Dow Fd 13/7/43; Assigned 570BS/390BG [DI-B] Framlingham 13/7/43 EIGHTBALL; Noel Howard (RO/Gunner) was Killed in Action 26/9/43; ...

Associated Place

  • Framlingham

    Military site : airfield
    Built for the Eighth Air Force from 1942 to 43, Framlingham was home first to the 95th Bomb Group, before that unit moved to RAF Alconbury. From 1943 to 1945, it was operated by the 390th Bomb Group. The airfield was handed back to the RAF in 1945, and...

  • Stalag Luft I

    Other location


Event Location Date
Born Georgia, USA
Prisoner of War (POW) Germany 10 February 1944

Stalag Luft 1 Barth-Vogelsang Prussia 54-12


Date Contributor Update
15 January 2020 02:37:08 jmoore43 Changes to awards and unit associations

Added the award(s) mentioned in the "Summary biography" section. Added a connection to the 8th AF.

Date Contributor Update
14 January 2020 19:06:12 jmoore43 Changes to events

Corrected the location of the POW event to “Germany”.

Date Contributor Update
14 January 2020 18:59:27 jmoore43 Changes to events

Added a POW event. Added POW camp info from WW2 POW records at the National Archives.

Date Contributor Update
04 December 2017 14:15:58 Lucy May Changes to service number and place associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:15:59 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2503, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces