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John A Gray

Military

Shot down 30 May 1944 in B-17 #42-97440 'Flak Rat II', Prisoner of War (POW).

POW

Service

People

  • Carl Anderson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 401st Bomb Group
    B-17G #42-31098 'Penny's Thunderhead' ran off the runway when the tire blew on landing on 26 Mar 1944. RTD. ...

  • John Connery

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group
    B-17G #42-31098 'Penny's Thunderhead' ran off the runway when the tire blew on landing on 26 Mar 1944. RTD. Shot down 30 May 1944 in B-17 #42-97440 'Flak Rat II', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Francis Fogarty

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 401st Bomb Group
    B-17G #42-31098 'Penny's Thunderhead' ran off the runway when the tire blew on landing on 26 Mar 1944. RTD. Shot down 30 May 1944 in B-17 #4297440 'Flak Rat II. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Richard Kaufman

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Richard Kaufman served as a pilot with the 401st Bomb Group out of Deenthorpe, England. He flew 31 missions from 12/01/1943, mission #2, to 07/08/1944, mission #106. ...

  • Curtis Kelley

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    B-17G #42-31098 'Penny's Thunderhead' ran off the runway when the tire blew on landing on 26 Mar 1944. RTD. Shot down 30 May 1944 in B-17 #4297440 'Flak Rat II. ' Prisoner of War (POW).

  • James McMahon

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    B-17G #42-31098 'Penny's Thunderhead' ran off the runway when the tire blew on landing on 26 Mar 1944. RTD Shot down 30 May 1944 in B-17 #4297440 'Flak Rat II. ' Killed in Action.

  • William Passeno

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    B-17G #42-31098 'Penny's Thunderhead' ran off the runway when the tire blew on landing on 26 Mar 1944. RTD. Shot down 30 May 1944 in B-17 #42-97440 'Flak Rat II. ' Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Gerald Pettit

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 May 1944 in B-17 #4297440 'Flak Rat II. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Robert Quinn

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    B-17G #42-31098 'Penny's Thunderhead' ran off the runway when the tire blew on landing on 26 Mar 1944. RTD. Shot down 30 May 1944 in B-17 #4297440 'Flak Rat II. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • George Smith

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    B-17G #42-31098 'Penny's Thunderhead' ran off the runway when the tire blew on landing on 26 Mar 1944. RTD. Shot down 30 May 1944 in B-17 #42-97440 'Flak Rat II', Killed in Action (KIA).

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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. ...

  • 401st Bomb Group

    401st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 401st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deenethorpe, Northamptonshire, from November 1943 to June 1945. Starting their missions at that time meant the focus was very much on the coming invasion attempt of France planned for the following...

  • 614th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-102394 Down N' Go

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 27/2/44; Kearney 15/3/44; Dow Fd 4/4/44; Assigned 614BS/401BG [IW-C] Deenethorpe 16/4/44; Missing in Action Merseburg 24/8/44 with Parker Finney, Co-pilot: Virgil Price, Navigator: Dale Scott, tog-Brown Bralley, Waist gunner: Burton...

  • 42-31863 Miss 'B' Haven

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 27/12/43; Gt Falls 29/12/43; Kearney 12/1/44; Presque Is 26/1/44; Assigned 614BS/401BG [IW-X] Deenethorpe 6/2/44; battle damaged ? 28/9/44 with ? ; Cologne 6/1/45; Salvaged 2 SAD Lt Staughton 19/2/45. MISS `B' HAVEN.

  • 42-97440 Flak Rat II, Patches

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 16/11/43; Kearney 1/12/43; Presque Is 11/12/43; Assigned 614BS/401BG [IW-A] Deenethorpe 1/1/44; Missing in Action Oschersleben 30/5/44 with Carleton Wilson, Co-pilot: Curtis Kelley, Navigator: John Connery, Bombardier: Francis Fogarty,...

Associated Place

  • Deenethorpe

    Military site : airfield
    Deenethorpe was a base purpose-built for American heavy bombers, with the Class A regulation 2,000 and 1,400-yard runways. All the buildings on site,such as the accommodation and administrative blocks, were temporary. In December 1943, several local...

Events

Event Location Date
Born New York, NY, USA 26 January 1917
Enlisted Camp Upton Yaphank 15 August 1941

Name: John A Gray
Birth Year: 1917
Race: White, citizen (White)
Nativity State or Country: New York
State of Residence: New York
County or City: Queens
Enlistment Date:15 Aug 1941
Enlistment State:New York
Enlistment City: Camp Upton Yaphank
Branch: Air Corps
Branch Code: Air Corps
Grade: Private
Grade Code: Private
Term of Enlistment: One year enlistment
Component: Regular Army (including Officers, Nurses, Warrant Officers, and Enlisted Men)
Source: Selective Service within 3 months of Discharge 11 punch

Education: 1 year of high school
Civil Occupation: Stenographers and typists
Marital Status: Single, without dependents
Height: 72
Weight: 136

Prisoner of War (POW) Germany 30 May 1944 – 12 April 1945
Died Baltimore, MD, USA 6 August 2004
Buried St Marys Cemetery, Bethel, CT 06801, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 December 2020 20:07:06 jmoore43 Changes to biography
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Added a "-" to the A/C tail # in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
02 October 2020 13:37:40 gsenande Changes to person associations
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The following mission reports from http://401bg.org/Main

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Date Contributor Update
02 October 2020 13:36:18 gsenande Changes to person associations
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The following mission reports from http://401bg.org/Main
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Date Contributor Update
02 October 2020 13:23:29 gsenande Changes to aircraft associations
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Mission report from http://401bg.org/Main/

Date Contributor Update
02 October 2020 13:21:46 gsenande Changes to aircraft associations
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Mission report from http://401bg.org

Date Contributor Update
17 September 2020 12:28:34 gsenande Changes to nickname
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family, also https://cassidysalem.wordpress.com/2017/09/15/powmia-day-excerpt-ever-th...

Date Contributor Update
11 February 2016 16:57:43 gsenande Changes to service number
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Army Air Force Missing Air Crew Report

Date Contributor Update
11 February 2016 15:33:16 gsenande Changes to events
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family history records

Date Contributor Update
11 February 2016 15:16:12 gsenande Changes to person associations
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http://401bg.org

Date Contributor Update
11 February 2016 15:13:20 gsenande Changes to unit associations
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http://401bg.org

Date Contributor Update
11 February 2016 14:40:04 gsenande Changes to awards
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personal recount

Date Contributor Update
11 February 2016 13:11:03 gsenande Changes to awards
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personal recount

Date Contributor Update
04 February 2016 14:18:10 gsenande Changes to events
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1920 US Federal Census, 1930 US Federal Census, Social Security Death Index 1935-2014, US WWII Army Enlistment Records 1938-1946, US Veteran Gravesites

Date Contributor Update
04 February 2016 13:50:06 gsenande Changes to place associations
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personal recount

Date Contributor Update
04 February 2016 13:49:36 gsenande Changes to place associations
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http://401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=1093

Date Contributor Update
04 February 2016 13:45:54 gsenande Changes to events
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personal recount

Date Contributor Update
04 February 2016 13:42:45 gsenande Changes to nickname
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Personal recount

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:15:34 AAM AAM ingest
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 5310 / MACR 5310, http://www.401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=1093 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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