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John R Keller


During the period 1944, my hangar modified and repaired 1000 B24's. The modifications included over 100 changes and updates. Almost every aircraft had at least two engine changes among other things. Since our hangars were capable of housing six planes at a time, we managed to complete six planes every 24 hours. We named number 1000, 'One Grand'

ETO Medal/Good Conduct/Victory Medal/Pres. Unit Citation


Units served with

  • Base Air Depot 2

    Base Air Depot 2

    During 1942 to 1945 Warton Aerodrome was Base Air Depot No. 2, Station 582 of the U.S. 8th Air Force. In the three years it was active it processed over 10,000 aircraft and saw over 45,000 aircraft movements. Every type of American aircraft used in the...

  • 315th Depot Repair Squadron

Associated Place

  • Warton

    Military site : airfield
    Built as a satellite airfield for Squires Gate, it was earmarked for US use even before America entered the Second World War. Its location made it ideal for use as a depot station, where incoming US aircraft could be processed and moved on to active...


Event Location Date
Born Charleston, West Virginia 27 February 1923


Date Contributor Update
27 July 2015 09:52:05 BAD-2 UK Changes to place associations

Details from research carried out by BAE Systems Warton Aerodrome Heritage Centre and "Bomble Bee".

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:16:36 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / self