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John H Schroeder


John Schroeder served as a pilot with the 7th Bomb Squadron of the 34th Bomb Group. He flew missions out of Medlesham, England, including six chowhound missions in B-17 44-8320 'Bottom's Up' on 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 6th and 7th of May 1945.

On 24 June 1945, his crew flew B-17 44-6465 'Fancy Nancy' back to the United States.


Units served with

  • 34th Bomb Group

    34th Bomb Group

    After forming part of the American defence force, first on America's east coast and then on its west, the Group was assigned to the Eighth Air Force in April 1944 and entered combat in May 1944. The Group helped with the preparation for the Normandy...

  • 7th Bomb Squadron


  • 44-6465

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Kearney 12/8/44; Grenier 21/8/44; Presque Is 1/9/44; Assigned 7BS/34BG Mendlesham 23/8/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 24/7/45; Sth Plains 27/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 10/12/45. FANCY NANCY.

  • 44-8320 Bottoms Up

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 9/8/44; Long Beach 13/8/44; Grenier 27/8/44; Assigned 7BS/34BG Mendlesham 30/8/44; struck 43-39056 in taxi accident at Horsching, Austria with John Hopper 20/5/45; Salvaged 9AF Germany 31/5/46. BOTTOMS UP.

Associated Place

  • Mendlesham

    Military site : airfield
    Built in 1942-1943, Mendlesham's first flying unit was the RAF's No. 310 Squadron - a Czechoslovakian unit. The airfield then became home to the USAAF 34th Bomb Group. This unit flew missions from Mendlesham in B-24s and B-17s.


Event Location Date
Lived in West Portsmouth, OH 45663, USA


Date Contributor Update
28 February 2017 15:28:09 Lucy May Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations