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John Lars Dorton

Military

Assigned to 554BS, 386BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) 10-Feb-44 in B-26 41-34947 'Lady Luck' when flak shell hit fuel tank of starboard wing, wing detached at nacelle and A/C tumbled on fire. France. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 2082.

Awards: DFC, AM (4OLC), PH.

Service

People

  • Robert Spencer

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 386th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 554BS, 386BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) 10-Feb-44 in B-26 41-34947 'Lady Luck' when flak shell hit fuel tank of starboard wing, wing detached at nacelle and A/C tumbled on fire. France. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 2082. ...

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Units served with

  • 9th Air Force
  • 386th Bomb Group

    386th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 386th Bomb Group flew B-26 Marauders for the Eighth and Ninth Air Forces. Whilst with the Eighth, the Group developed the formation release procedure for the B-26 on missions that targeted aerodromes, marshalling yards and V-weapon sites along the...

  • 554th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-34947 'Lady Luck'

    B-26 Marauder
    554BS, 386BG, 9AF "Lady Luck". Lost 10-Feb-44 when flak shell hit fuel tank of starboard wing, wing detached at nacelle and A/C tumbled on fire. France. 1 x POW, 5 x KIA. MACR 2082. ...

Associated Place

  • Great Dunmow

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield, two miles north-west of Great Dunmow, was built in 1942-1943 by the US Army's 818th Engineer Battalion (Aviation), alongside British contractors. B-26 Marauders of the 386th Bomb Group moved in in September 1943, and in October the Group...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Virginia, USA 1916

Son of Elbert F and Rebecca C Dorton.

Enlisted Camp Perry, Lacarne, OH 19 February 1942

Camp Perry, Lacarne, Ohio

Based Great Dunmow 1943 – 10 February 1944

Assigned to 554BS, 386BG, 9AF USAAF.

Died East of berck sur mer, France 10 February 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) 10-Feb-44 in B-26 41-34947 'Lady Luck' Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 2082

Buried 1946

Re-Interred
Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial
Colleville-sur-Mer, France
Plot D Row 17 Grave 40

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
11 February 2020 09:57:46 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, events and unit associations
Sources

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https://www.fold3.com/image/310763071
https://www.fold3.com/record/88796622-john-l-dorton
https://www.fold3.com/record/529919757-john-l-dorton
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56644038/john-lars-dorton

Date Contributor Update
10 February 2020 21:50:44 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28714415
https://www.fold3.com/image/310763071
https://www.fold3.com/record/88796622-john-l-dorton
https://www.fold3.com/record/529919757-john-l-dorton
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56644038/john-lars-dorton

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