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John W McAuliffe


Assigned to 349BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Wilson crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Abbeville in B-17 42-107095 'Little Bit' 5-Jun-44; mid air collision destroyed nose of A/C, baled out Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 5384

Awards: AM (3OLC), POW, WWII Victory, EAME.



  • Mark Wilson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 349BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. 26 x combat missions. Failed to Return Abbeville 5-Jun-44. As he crossed the French coast over the English Channel, the Germans fired a rocket that hit his wingman. His wingman veered into my Father's plane...

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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. ...

  • 100th Bomb Group

    100th Bomb Group

    "The Bloody Hundredth", so-called because of a reputation for losing a high number aircraft and crews, flew B-17s from Thorpe Abbotts, Norfolk. Their losses were not the highest of any Eighth Air Force Group but on several occasions the Group lost many...

  • 349th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-107095

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 18/2/44; Gr Island 2/3/44; Grenier 3/4/44; Assigned 349BS/100BG [XR-F] Thorpe Abbotts 7/4/44; Missing in Action French A/Fds 5/6/44 with Mark Wilson, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: John McAuliffe, Radio Operator: Gene Sweeney, Ball...


  • 392

    5 June 1944

Associated Place

  • Thorpe Abbotts

    Military site : airfield
    Home of the 'Bloody Hundredth’, a Bomb Group with a reputation for high casualty rates, Thorpe Abbotts was under USAAF control from June 1943 to the end of the war. Some of the airfield survives today, and the control tower houses the 100th Bomb Group...

  • Stalag Luft IV

    Other location

  • Dulag Luft 12

    Other location


Event Location Date
Born Olean, New York, USA 20 April 1912

Son of William E and Katherine G McAuliffe.

Enlisted Buffalo, NY 13 April 1942

Buffalo, New York

Based Thorpe Abbotts 1944 – 5 June 1944

Assigned to 349BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF.

Prisoner of War (POW) Tychowo, Poland 5 June 1944 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft IV.

Died Olean, NY 26 February 2001
Buried Saint Bonaventure Cemetery, Allegany, Cattaraugus County, NY March 2001

Saint Bonaventure Cemetery
Allegany, Cattaraugus County, New York


Date Contributor Update
10 June 2020 20:29:46 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations

Date Contributor Update
02 February 2019 11:23:19 general ira snapsorter Changes to surname, middlename, biography and events

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- f the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia ;
- MACR 5384

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:16:52 AAM AAM ingest

MACR 5384 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database