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Sgt John T. O'Brien

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Sgt John T. O'Brien

Birth
Limestone, Cattaraugus County, New York, USA
Death
30 Sep 1943 (aged 27)
Burial
Coton, South Cambridgeshire District, Cambridgeshire, England
Memorial ID
56292980 View Source

US ARMY AIR FORCES WORLD WAR II
S/Sgt. John T. O'Brien MIA/KIA
Entered the Service from: New York
Squadron: no specific unit assigned
Service #32382934
Awards:
Pilot 2nd/Lt. Nathan Fritzhand MIA/KIA

Target: Ferry Mission
Missing Air Crew Report Details
USAAF MACR#: 664
Date Lost: 20-Sep-43
Serial Number: #42-39805
Aircraft Model B-17G
Aircraft Letter:
Aircraft Name:
Location: 775 miles SW from Reykjavík Iceland
Cause: Engine Failure 11MIA/KIA

This Ship and crew were lost at sea in transit to EU on the northern route after leaving Iceland. Piloted by 2nd Lt. Fritzhand with Major J.T. Thompson in provisional command. The crew and ship were not recovered.

42-39805 (c/n: ) Accepted: 3 September 1943 - Lockheed Aircraft Co (Plant A-1), Burbank, California
Assigned: 5 September 1943 - ATC / 6th Ferrying Group - (Long Beach AAF)
Assigned: 22 September 1943 - 2nd AF / 17th BTW - 518 HQABSQ (Pilot Training - 4 Engine) - (Grand Island AAF)
Replacement crew training - no specific unit assigned Ferried: 30 September 1943 - (RCAF Gander - RAF Presque)(Pilot: 2Lt Nathan Fritzhand) Thompson Provisional Group
Ditched (class 5): Thursday, 30 September 1943 @ 0330 hrs (Engine failure) - Atlantic Ocean (775 miles SW from Reykjavík), Reykjavík - Iceland (54°0'0"N / 32°8'59"W)
(Pilot: 2Lt Nathan Fritzhand) - 10 KIA (MACR 664) - SOC.

The #42-39805 crew
2nd/Lt. Nathan Fritzhand Pilot MIA/KIA
2nd/Lt. Roscoe A. Brooks MIA/KIA
2nd/Lt. Roy L. Dolinger MIA/KIA
2nd/Lt. Roy L. Dolinger MIA/KIA
2nd/Lt Charles L. Puma MIA/KIA
S/Sgt. George R. Loy MIA/KIA
S/Sgt. Elwin E. Pinkham MIA/KIA
Sgt. Raymond J. Bower MIA/KIA
Sgt. Jim C. Gaines MIA/KIA
S/Sgt. John T. O'Brien MIA/KIA
Pvt. John L. R. Bozeman MIA/KIA
Maj. Jack Pershing Thompson MIA/KIA
Maj. Jack Pershing Thompson MIA/KIA

US ARMY AIR FORCES WORLD WAR II
S/Sgt. John T. O'Brien MIA/KIA
Entered the Service from: New York
Squadron: no specific unit assigned
Service #32382934
Awards:
Pilot 2nd/Lt. Nathan Fritzhand MIA/KIA

Target: Ferry Mission
Missing Air Crew Report Details
USAAF MACR#: 664
Date Lost: 20-Sep-43
Serial Number: #42-39805
Aircraft Model B-17G
Aircraft Letter:
Aircraft Name:
Location: 775 miles SW from Reykjavík Iceland
Cause: Engine Failure 11MIA/KIA

This Ship and crew were lost at sea in transit to EU on the northern route after leaving Iceland. Piloted by 2nd Lt. Fritzhand with Major J.T. Thompson in provisional command. The crew and ship were not recovered.

42-39805 (c/n: ) Accepted: 3 September 1943 - Lockheed Aircraft Co (Plant A-1), Burbank, California
Assigned: 5 September 1943 - ATC / 6th Ferrying Group - (Long Beach AAF)
Assigned: 22 September 1943 - 2nd AF / 17th BTW - 518 HQABSQ (Pilot Training - 4 Engine) - (Grand Island AAF)
Replacement crew training - no specific unit assigned Ferried: 30 September 1943 - (RCAF Gander - RAF Presque)(Pilot: 2Lt Nathan Fritzhand) Thompson Provisional Group
Ditched (class 5): Thursday, 30 September 1943 @ 0330 hrs (Engine failure) - Atlantic Ocean (775 miles SW from Reykjavík), Reykjavík - Iceland (54°0'0"N / 32°8'59"W)
(Pilot: 2Lt Nathan Fritzhand) - 10 KIA (MACR 664) - SOC.

The #42-39805 crew
2nd/Lt. Nathan Fritzhand Pilot MIA/KIA
2nd/Lt. Roscoe A. Brooks MIA/KIA
2nd/Lt. Roy L. Dolinger MIA/KIA
2nd/Lt. Roy L. Dolinger MIA/KIA
2nd/Lt Charles L. Puma MIA/KIA
S/Sgt. George R. Loy MIA/KIA
S/Sgt. Elwin E. Pinkham MIA/KIA
Sgt. Raymond J. Bower MIA/KIA
Sgt. Jim C. Gaines MIA/KIA
S/Sgt. John T. O'Brien MIA/KIA
Pvt. John L. R. Bozeman MIA/KIA
Maj. Jack Pershing Thompson MIA/KIA
Maj. Jack Pershing Thompson MIA/KIA

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Entered the service from New York.


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  • Maintained by: John Dowdy
  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 56292980
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56292980/john-t-o'brien: accessed ), memorial page for Sgt John T. O'Brien (1 Dec 1915–30 Sep 1943), Find a Grave Memorial ID 56292980, citing Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial, Coton, South Cambridgeshire District, Cambridgeshire, England; Maintained by John Dowdy (contributor 47791572).