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David F MacGhee


Flew 25 missions during WWII on C. Dale Briscoe crew. Reported to group on 15 Jan 1943. Became squadron commander from 18 May to 13 Aug 1943. He was the 34th Officer to complete tour. Transferred to the 11th CCRC on 13 Aug 1943. During the Korean War he was in the 307th Bomb Group. Was shot down in a B-29 on November 10, 1950 on which he was radar operator became the first of the Korean War to be shot down by a MIG. He was repatriated on 5 September 1953 (two years, nine months, 26 days from the date of his capture). He moved around to several Prisoner of War (POW) camps in North Korea, including the Pak's Palace. Can read more about his Korean Prisoner of War (POW) story in his 306th BGA Collection file; there are two articles written by MacGhee for the Collier's Magazine.

DFC, the Soldier's Medal, 2 Legion of Merit, 5 AM, Meritorious Service Medal, 2 AF Commedation Medal, Army Commedation Medal, PH



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Units served with

  • 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    Constituted as 306th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 28 Jan 1942. Activated on 1 Mar 1942. Trained for combat with B-17's. Moved to England, Aug-Sep 1942, and assigned to Eighth AF Eighth Air Force in September 1942 Station 111 Thurleigh. During combat,...

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Associated Place

  • Thurleigh

    Military site : airfield
    Built for RAF use in 1941-42, Thurleigh was initially used by RAF Bomber Command before being handed over to the Eighth Air Force. Its runways and hardstandings were improved, and the B-17s of the 306th Bomb Group began using the base. It was their...


Event Location Date
Born New York State 16 April 1919
Died 13 September 1992


Date Contributor Update
20 March 2020 01:46:36 jmoore43 Changes to person associations

Added a connection to "Roy Alan Vinnedge" per info in the Summary biography of "Kermit Brent Cavedo".

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:07:01 AAM AAM ingest

306th BG Association Directory, 1 September 1999 Edition, 306th BGA Collection, Russell Strong Index Cards, / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia /