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John Glennon Kriegshauser

Military

Assigned to 364BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. 15 x missions. Crashed attempting to land at Sheffield, Yorkshire, England on the return from a mission to Aalborg airfield, Denmark on 22-Feb-44 in B-17G #42-31322 'Mi Amigo' which had been badly damaged by Luftwaffe Me109s off the Danish coast. He and co-pilot Lt Curtis nursed aircraft back to England with three injured crew aboard, despite being hampered by weather and very low cloud. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 15190. Awarded posthumous DFC for diverting aircraft into trees rather than hit civilians on the ground.

Awards: DFC, AM (2 OLC), PH.

Service

People

  • Vito Ambrosio

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner/Assistant Flight Engineer | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 364BS, 305BG, 8F USAAF. 15 x missions. Crashed attempting to land at Endcliffe Park, Sheffield, UK returning from Aalborg, Denmark mission 22-Feb-44 in B-17G #42-31322 'Mi Amigo'. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 15190 Awards: PH.

  • Lyle Curtis

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 364BS, 305BG, 8F USAAF. 15 x missions. Crashed attempting to land at Endcliffe Park, Sheffield, UK returning from Aalborg, Denmark mission 22-Feb-44 in B-17G #42-31322 'Mi Amigo'. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 15190 Awards: PH., AM x 2

  • Harry Estabrooks

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 364BS, 305BG, 8F USAAF. 15 x missions. Crashed attempting to land at Endcliffe Park, Sheffield, UK returning from Aalborg, Denmark mission 22-Feb-44 in B-17G #42-31322 'Mi Amigo'. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 15190 Awards: AM, PH.

  • Melchor Hernandez

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 364BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. 15 x missions. Crashed attempting to land at Sheffield, Yorkshire, England on the return from a mission to Aalborg airfield, Denmark on 22-Feb-44 in B-17G #42-31322 'Mi Amigo'. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 15190 ...

  • John Humphrey

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 364BS, 305BG, 8F USAAF. 15 x missions. Crashed attempting to land at Endcliffe Park, Sheffield, UK returning from Aalborg, Denmark mission 22-Feb-44 in B-17G #42-31322 'Mi Amigo'. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 15190 ...

  • Robert Mayfield

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Crashed attempting to land at Sheffield, Yorkshire, England on the return from a mission to Aalborg airfield, Denmark on 22 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31322 'Mi Amigo'. Killed in Action (KIA) having been injured during attacks by Me109 fighters off Denmark.

  • Maurice Robbins

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 364BS, 305BG, 8F USAAF. 15 x missions. Mortally wounded in E/A attack. Crashed attempting to land at Endcliffe Park, Sheffield, UK returning from Aalborg, Denmark mission 22-Feb-44 in B-17G #42-31322 'Mi Amigo'. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR...

  • Charles Tuttle

    Military | Sergeant | Ball-Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Crashed attempting to land at Sheffield, Yorkshire, England on the return from a mission to Aalborg airfield, Denmark on 22 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31322 'Mi Amigo'. Killed in Action (KIA) having been wounded in combat.

  • George Williams

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 364BS, 305BG, 8F USAAF. 15 x missions. Crashed attempting to land at Endcliffe Park, Sheffield, UK returning from Aalborg, Denmark mission 22-Feb-44 in B-17G #42-31322 'Mi Amigo'. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 15190. Preferred to be called...

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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. ...

  • 305th Bomb Group Can Do

    305th Bomb Group Can Do

    Group
    The 305th Bombardment Group (Heavy), nicknamed "Can Do" was activated 1-March-1942 at Salt Lake City Air Base, Utah which was their primary training base until 11-Jun-1942 when they relocated to Geiger Field, Washington until 29-Jun-1942, then on to...

  • 364th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-31322 Mi Amigo

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 16/10/43; Vandalia 26/10/43; Des Moines 1/12/43; Denver 2/12/43; Cheyenne 11/12/43; Kearney 22/12/43; Prestwick, UK 16/1/44; Assigned 452BG Deopham Green 17/1/44; Transferred 364BS/305BG [WF-V] Chelveston 30/1/44; ex-Aalborg 22...

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 230 BIG WEEK - DAY 3

    22 February 1944
    The German aircraft industry is again targeted in Day 3 of BIG WEEK. A combined total od 789 bombers (maximum effort) are despathed from 1st 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions. Fighter opposition is heavy and bomber losses in 1st Air Division are massive - 39...

Associated Place

  • Chelveston

    Military site : airfield
    Chelveston was adapted and expanded in preparation for the arrival of American forces. Rather than heavy bombers, the first aircraft to fly from its runways were C-47 Skytrains that were flown by the 60th Troop Carrier Group in July 1942. The first...

  • Endcliffe Park

    Crash site

Events

Event Location Date
Born St Louis, Missouri 2 July 1920

Son of Arthur A and Corinne V Kriegshauser. Pre-enlistment occupation: salesman.

Enlisted St Louis, MO 8 August 1940

Pre-war entrant, served as radio instructor before taking flight training.

Based Chelveston 1 November 1943 – 22 February 1944

Assigned to 364BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Endcliffe Park, Sheffield 22 February 1944

Battle damaged on Aalborg, Denmark mission; attempted force landing Endcliffe Park, Sheffield. Killed in Action. MACR 15190

Buried 24 February 1944

Interred
Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial

Buried Resurrection Cemetery, Afton, MO 1948

Re-Interred
Resurrection Cemetery
Affton,
St Louis County, MO

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 March 2020 15:43:52 jmoore43 Changes to biography
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Added a "#" to the A/C serial # in the "Summary biography" for clarity.

Date Contributor Update
19 January 2020 08:15:44 miAmigo Changes to awards and events
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Personnel file.

Date Contributor Update
18 February 2019 07:19:45 miAmigo Changes to biography and events
Sources

See ''Courage Above the Clouds -the true story of MI-AMIGO and the Heroes of Endcliffe Park'' by Paul Allonby (lulu.com)

Date Contributor Update
27 January 2019 00:52:33 jmoore43 Changes to biography
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Added a space in Bio for readability.

Date Contributor Update
04 January 2019 14:15:20 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/29424042
https://www.fold3.com/image/310763406?terms=John%20G%20Kriegshauser
https://www.fold3.com/image/320843791?terms=John%20G%20Kriegshauser
http://www.yorkshire-aircraft.co.uk/aircraft/yorkshire/44roll.html
http://www.sfbhistory.org.uk/downloads/Section07/CourageAboveTheClouds.pdf
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/29891872/john-g-kriegshauser

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:16:04 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Mighty Eighth Chronology Supplement, 1942-45; p. 85., Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces

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