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John L Bassan

Military

Assigned to 385FS, 364FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) ramrod mission to Offenburg. Having made contact with the bombers to be escorted, A/C P-51D 44-14336 seen to go out of control, possibly to anoxia, dived into the deck Dizier, France. Pilot F/O John L Bassan Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 14440.

Awards: PH.

Service

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. ...

  • 364th Fighter Group

    364th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 364th Fighter Group flew 342 missions in P-38 Lightnings and P-51 Mustangs from Honington, Suffolk. The missions ranged from escorting bombers and dive-bombing and strafing targets to area patrol missions across a swathe of land that took in France...

  • 385th Fighter Squadron

Aircraft

  • 44-14336

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 385FS, 364FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) ramrod mission to Offenburg. Having made contact with the bombers to be escorted, A/C seen to go out of control, possibly to anoxia, dived into the deck Dizier, France. Pilot F/O John L Bassan...

Associated Place

  • Honington

    Military site : airfield
    Honington was in use by Eighth Air Force units for a longer period than any other air base in England. The air base, built in the mid 1930s as part of the RAF's expansion programme had seen plenty of action as an RAF base before it was handed over to...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Dudley, MA, USA 14 July 1923
Lived in Rochdale, Leicester, MA, USA 1941
Based Honington 28 October 1944 – 27 November 1944

Assigned to 385FS, 364FG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Dizier, 30580, France 27 November 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) ramrod mission to Offenburg. Having made contact with the bombers to be escorted, A/C P-51D 44-14336 seen to go out of control, possibly to anoxia, dived into the deck Dizier, France. Pilot F/O John L Bassan Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 14440.

Buried 1945

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
29 September 2016 12:46:30 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and events
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/page/529847154_john_l%20bassan/details/
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Bassan&GSfn=John&G...

Date Contributor Update
29 September 2016 12:44:39 Al_Skiff Changes to role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/page/529847154_john_l%20bassan/details/
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Bassan&GSfn=John+&...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:16:21 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 14440 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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