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John H Belay


Member of Unger crew.


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. ...

  • 486th Bomb Group

    486th Bomb Group

    The 486th Bomb Group flew both B-24s and B-17s, swapping from the former aircraft to the latter in late July 1944 after 49 missions. In total the Group flew 292 missions during the war and remarkably the 834th Bomb Squadron lost no aircraft or...

  • 834th Bomb Squadron
  • 844th Bomb Squadron


  • 43-37716 '5 Grand', 'The Easter Egg'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 15/5/44; Kearney 30/6/44; Dow Fd 13/7/44; Assigned 338BS/96BG [BX-H] Snetterton 14/7/44; during training with Jack Bimemiller unable to lower u/c and ordered to Honington depot to force land, however after repairs completed 78...

Associated Place

  • Sudbury

    Military site : airfield
    Situated between the villages of Great Waldingfield and Acton, the airfield was used by the 486th Bomb Group from March 1944 to August 1945. Facilities for administrative offices for the Combat Wing were also made available here and along with barrack...


Event Location Date
Lived in Joliet, IL, USA


Date Contributor Update
23 January 2018 21:26:30 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations

Date Contributor Update
23 January 2018 20:30:33 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, highest rank and role

Key Image ID.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:16:05 AAM AAM ingest

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