Bergin, John M., SSgt

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 611-Aerial Gunner
Last AFSC Group
Air Crew (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1943-1944, AAF MOS 611, 419th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1942 - 1944
USAAFEnlisted Collar Insignia
Staff Sergeant

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
New York City
Last Address
419th Bomb Squadron
Cerignola, Italy

Casualty Date
Jan 27, 1944
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Adriatic Sea
World War II
Location of Interment
Long Island National Cemetery - Farmingdale, New York
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot J, Site 14722

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World War II Fallen
  1944, World War II Fallen

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Aerial Gunner Badge

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)301st Bombardment Group, Heavy  419th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1942-1943, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 611, 301st Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 611, 419th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1943-1944, AAF MOS 611, 301st Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1943-1944, AAF MOS 611, 419th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater
  1943-1943 Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)/Operation Strangle
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Anzio Campaign (1944)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1943-1944, B-17 Flying Fortress
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
John M. Bergin was born in New York City on March 6, 1912. No parentage or census data has been located.

Bergin was drafted and inducted into military service on November 13, 1942 at New York City. His enlistment papers show he had completed 2 years of high school, and was working as a semi-skilled route man.

He was assigned to the Army Air Forces, and trained as an aerial gunner. In late 1943, he was sent overseas to North Africa. Here, he was assigned as a ball turret gunner in a bomber unit. He flew at least 20 missions.

On January 27, 1944, he was part of a crew assigned to bomb the base at Montpellier/Frejorgues, France. As the formation flew along the Adriatic coast, an observer noticed the aircraft had one propeller feathered, and one engine was smoking.

The aircraft dropped from formation, made a slow spiral, and hit the water. Some bodies were recovered, as SSgt John Bergin is now interred in the Long Island National Cemetery in Farmingdale, New York in Plot J, Site 14722.
NARA Enlistment Records


SSgt John M. Bergin was the  ball turret gunner on B-17F # 42-3166, supposedly assigned to the 419th Bomb Squadron, although the aircraft is not listed in its inventory.

Missing Air Crew Report 2058 was issued. Mission loading lists show the crew consisted of:

2 Lt Billy J. Graves  p
2 Lt Norman C. Hill  c-p
2 Lt John W. Hess  nav
2 Lt Raymond Friedlander  bomb
TSgt Joseph F. Kolb  eng/tt gun
SSgt James W. Powell  r/o
SSgt John M. Bergin  btg
SSgt Alfredo E. Francisco  wg
SSgt Harley A. Vanderberg  tail gun

Ranks and grades as of mission date.

TSgt Kolb was erroneously reported as Killed in Action on January 11, 1944 by Missing Air Crew Report 1404.


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