Price, John B., TSgt

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Last Rank
Technical Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 611-Aerial Gunner
Last AFSC Group
Air Crew (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1944-1945, AAF MOS 611, 427th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1942 - 1945
USAAFEnlisted Collar Insignia
Technical Sergeant

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
427th Bomb Squadron
Molesworth, England

Casualty Date
Feb 16, 1945
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II
Location of Interment
Berwick Cemetery - Berwick, Iowa
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)303rd Bombardment Group, Heavy427th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1942-1943, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1944-1945, AAF MOS 611, 303rd Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1944-1945, AAF MOS 611, 427th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)
  1945-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Central Europe Campaign (1945)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1943-1945, B-17 Flying Fortress
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
John B. Price, according to sources, was born in Berwick, Iowa on June 7, 1920 to Benjamin and Minnie B. Price. The US census 1940 shows John residing in Louisville, Colorado. He was supposedly a miner.

He was inducted into the military service August 11, 1942, according to his Headstone application card. He was trained as an aerial gunner, and assigned to the combat crew headed by Lt Barnes in November, 1943

He flew a total of 46 missions as listed in 303rd Bomb Group records, the first on December 11, 1943. He flew all these missions with the Barnes crew as waist gunner. On February 16, 1945, the target area was the synthetic oil plant located at Langendreer, Germany. TSgt Price was a substitute for this mission, replacing the regular bombardier. It has not been learned why a waist gunner would qualify as a togglier, but the records state this to be the case.

Another anomaly in 303rd Bomb Group records is that Personnel records list him with the rank of PFC, while all other sources state Technical Sergeant.

As the aircraft approached the IP on the bomb run, it was hit by flak, which was reported as intense and accurate. The #1 engine was blown from the wing, dropped back and struck the fuselage in the area of the waist window, tearing a large hole in the plane.

Under apparent control,the aircraft lagged behind the formation and eventually crashed near Kleive, Germany. Sgts Price, Warne, and Bennett were killed. Evidently, Price's body was recovered after the war as the Headstone Application card states it was completed on September 23, 1950. TSgt John B. Price today lies in the Berwick Cemetery in Berwick, Iowa. records records
Application for Headstone or Marker


TSgt John B. Price was a substitute for the regular bombardier on B-17G #4339081, unnamed, undecorated, assigned to the 427th Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report 12439 was issued for this event, and mission logs show the crew as:

1 Lt Robert M. Wertz  p
2 Lt Melvin A. Durst  c-p
2 Lt Karl Minnis  nav
TSgt John B. Price  tog
TSgt Ralph W. Warne  eng/tt gun
TSgt Edward J. Giering  r/o
SSgt Kenneth E. Jensen  btg
SSgt Walter C. Campbell  wg
Sgt  Kenneth A. Bennett  tail gun

Ranks and grades as of mission date.

Price, Warne, and Bennett were killed in action.

In the crew photo of the Barnes crew, Price is in the front row, 3rd from left.

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