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John E Webb

Military

Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 #42-97078, Prisoner of War (POW). Flew on Henry's Crew.

POW

Service

Units served with

  • 385th Bomb Group

    385th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 385th Bomb Group, who took the nickname "Van's Valiants" after their first Commanding Officer Col. Elliot Vandevanter, flew B-17s from Great Ashfield, Suffolk. The Group led the famous attack on the Focke-Wolfe aircraft factory at Marienburg on 9...

  • 550th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-30251 Piccadilly Queen

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 6/5/43; Denver 8/5/43; Gt Falls 13/5/43; Kearney 29/5/43; Dow Fd 13/6/43; Assigned 549BS/385BG [XA-T] Gt Ashfield 14/6/43; damaged in base explosion 3/9/43; Missing in Action Frankfurt 29/1/44 with Ray Notestein, Flight engineer/top...

  • 42-30662 Clarissa Jean

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Amarillo 7/7/43; Dallas 19/7/43; Geiger 8/8/43; Pendleton 12/8/43; Assigned 550BS/385BG [SG-K] Gt Ashfield 8/43; Missing in Action Rostock 24/2/44 with John Terrace (KIA-probably bailed too late); Co-pilot: Eugene St John, Navigator: Tom...

  • 42-31378 Rum Dum

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 27/10/43; Gr Island 12/11/43; Memphis 18/11/43; Assigned 550BS/385BG [SG-M] Gt Ashfield 1/12/43; with Muchow force landed Germany; 100+m, n/battle damaged force landed Troston AD with Mike Brochmann 30/5/45; Salvaged. RUM DUM.

  • 42-31677 THOROBRED /SATAN’S MATE

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 6/12/43; New Castle 7/1/44; Presque Is 8/1/44; RAF Valley 16/1/44; Assigned 548BS/385BG [XA-Q] Gt Ashfield 17/1/44; Salvaged n/battle damaged with Fleisher 14/6/45. THOROBRED aka SATAN’S MATE.

  • 42-31751

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 12/12/43; Gr Island 27/12/43; Detroit 26/1/44; Grenier 28/1/44; Assigned 549BS/385BG [XA- ] Gt Ashfield 1/23/44; Missing in Action Pas de Calais 28/2/44 with Salter Clark, Co-pilot: Ed Henig, Navigator: Chas Baird, Flight engineer...

  • 42-31764 'War Horse'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 12/12/43; Gt Falls 17/12/43; Denver 19/12/43; Kearney 31/12/43; Presque Is 24/1/44; Assigned 549BS/385BG [XA-R] Gt Ashfield 22/4/44; 551BS; on return from mission 10/11/44 with Art Naylor (Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Carl Cunningham...

  • 42-31922

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 6/1/44; Kearney 14/1/44; Grenier 31/1/44; Assigned 550BS/385BG Gt Ashfield 15/2/44; force landed Hoesch A/fd, Hol. 15/3/45; sal & Returned to the USA 121 BU Bradley 24/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 26/6/45; Reconstruction...

  • 42-32078 Barbara B

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 21/1/44; Gr Island 17/2/44; Presque Is 4/3/44; Assigned 550BS/385BG [SG-C] Gt Ashfield 6/3/44; Returned to the USA 121 BU Bradley 26/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 21/10/44; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for...

  • 42-37960 DELTA GIRL

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 27/10/43; Walla Walla 7/11/43; Assigned 728BS/452BG [9Z- ] Deopham Green 4/1/44; Missing in Action Brunswick 10/2/44 with Hugh Noell Jr, Co-pilot: Walt Jungbluth, Navigator: Bob Kiel, Bombardier: Saul Zelman, Flight engineer/top turret...

  • 42-38035 Mr. Lucky

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 21 November 1943. Kearney 7 December 1943. Presque Isle 12 December 1943. Assigned 550BS/385BG [SG-B] Great Ashfield 16 December 1943. Mid-air collision on 1 March 1945 (mission to Ulm, Germany) with 43-38273. Had its tail cut off...

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 164

    24 December 1943
    This mission is directed at V-Weapon sites in the Pas-de-Calaise area of France. The attacks are made between 1330-1510hrs. The mission is composed of three elements. The first element is a force of 277 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that included: 91BG ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 169

    30 December 1943
    The port area and oil refineries at Ludwigshaven, Germany are the target for this massive attack of 710 heavy bombers. The despatch includes 12 PFF-equipped B-17s from 482BG, 11 of these are effective on the mission, 3 are damaged, and the bomber...

  • VIII Bomber Command 171

    31 December 1943
    This mission is the last heavy bomber operation of 1943. 1943 had been a very "tough" year for the 8th Air Force in the European Theater of Operations (ETO). 23365 B-17s had been despatched on missions and 881 had Failed to Return (FTR) for a loss...

  • 8th Air Force 174

    4 January 1944
    The port area of Kiel, Germany and the railroad marshalling yards at Munster, Germany are the Primary targets of this Mission which is organised as two elements: one going to Kiel and the other to Munster. Roger A. Freeman begins to designate aircraft...

  • 8th Air Force 182

    11 January 1944
    Three aviation industry targets in Germany are bombed. The bomber force consists of 291 B-17s despatched from 1st Bomb Division in two elements, one element of 177 B-17s is despatched to Oschersleben, Germany as the primary target, the other 1BD...

  • 8th Air Force 206

    3 February 1944
    The port area and Naval facilities at Wilhelmshaven, Germany was the primary target for this mission. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Bomb Divisions all participated. ...

  • 8th Air Force 208

    4 February 1944
    The railroad marshalling yards at Frankfurt, Germany were focus of this mission, but other railroad marshalling yards in the area were attacked as well. Weather and navigational errors frustrate target acquisition.748 heavy bombers were despatched in a...

  • 8th Air Force 221

    13 February 1944
    17 V-Wepons sites in France are the primary targets for this mission. The mission is divided into two separate forces: one force of B-24s from 2nd Bomb Division and one force of B-17s from 3rd Bomb Division. Mission summary follows: ...

  • 8th Air Force 226 BIG WEEK - DAY 1

    20 February 1944
    This mission is the opening salvo of the Allied Combined Bomber Offensive known officially as "Operation Argument" but remembered in 8th Air Force History as "BIG WEEK". The immediate strategic objective of this six-day operation is the degradation of...

  • 8th Air Force 228 BIG WEEK - DAY 2

    21 February 1944
    Day 2 of BIG WEEK is another maximum effort by 8th Air Force to bomb 6 airfields in Germany as primary targets: Diepholz, Gütersloh, Lippstadt, Werl, Achmer and Handorf. In addition the industrial areas of Brunswick city are included as a primary...

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Associated Place

Events

Event Location Date
Born Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA
Prisoner of War (POW) Germany 29 April 1944

Stalag Luft 4 Gross-Tychow (formerly Heydekrug) Pomerania, Prussia (moved to Wobbelin Bei Ludwigslust) (To Usedom Bei Savenmunde) 54-16

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 May 2021 21:19:20 jmoore43 Changes to place associations
Sources

Added an association to Stalag Luft 4 per WW2 POW records at the National Archives (NARA).

Date Contributor Update
22 September 2020 20:12:41 jmoore43 Changes to service number and events
Sources

Added POW camp info to the POW event and a S/N from WW2 POW records at the National Archives (NARA).

Date Contributor Update
14 June 2020 22:01:20 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Added a "-" to the A/C serial # in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
31 August 2017 17:26:41 JohnWebb-550thBG Changes to nickname, awards, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

• Edward Air Force Base-MACR (Missing Air Crew Report) #4457
• NARA-National Archives Center-St. Louis Missouri
• Bill Varnedoe-385th B.G. archives billvar@comcast.net

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:15:58 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 4457 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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