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John Moorman

Commanding Officer of the 301st Bomb Group from Sept 44 to 8 Dec. 44


John D. Moorman

Colonel, U.S. Army Air Forces

Service # O-21178

Commander - Lt Col John D Moorman, Mar 1943 - 346th Bombardment Group (Heavy)

Commander - Colonel John D Moorman, Sept. 1944 - 301st Bombardment Group, (Heavy)

Headquarters, 301st Bomber Group, Heavy

Entered the Service from: Oklahoma

Died: 8-Dec-44

Buried at: Plot F Row 5 Grave 2

Sicily-Rome American Cemetery

Nettuno, Italy

Awards: Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster

John D. Moorman, One Main Street, Oklahoma City, OK

Colonel John D. Moorman

Graduated West Point 1938

Flight training Randolph Field, TX

Assigned France Field, Canal Zone, Panama

After Dec. 7, 1941, he was assigned to U.S. Southern Command HQ in Quarry Heights on opposite side of Panamanian Isthmus.

October 1942 returned from Panama rank of Lt. Col. and assigned Commanding Officer Air Base, Casper,WY

February 1943 assigned to Dyersburg Army Air Base, Tennessee, base commander - 346th Bombardment Group (Heavy) operational training and later as a replacement training unit. Promoted to Colonel

March 1944 received orders for Flight Commander of the Mediterranean Group Headquarters in Italy

Arrived Italy April 1944

Sept. 1944 - named Commander - 301st Bombardment Group

DNB December 8, 1944

His wife, Mary Kirkpatrick Moorman rec'd message of his death on Dec 10th 1944

"The 301st Bomb Group Commander, Col. John Moorman, was returning from Foggia after the usual night session of reading the Battle Order for the next day's mission, at approximately 2200 hours on 8 December, when a freak wind, about 50 mph, blew down ten to twenty telephone poles beside the road between Foggia and Lucera. An insulator hit the Colonel on the head and killed him instantly. Col. Moorman had flown 25 missions. Riding with Col. Moorman, Lt. Col. Les Holman, Grp. Oper. Officer, managed to escape with only a bruised right shoulder. Holman on his second tour went on to fly over eighty missions"

Celebration for the 200th mission for the 2nd BG, May 17, 1944. The mission was to Bihac, Yugoslavia

L to R

Col. John Moorman 301st BG

Joseph Stuber - Bombardier, 429th Sqn 2nd BG

James S. Stewart - Navigator, 96th Sqn 2nd BG

Col. Herbert Rice, - Pilot. 20th Sqn 2nd B G

Rodney Blaylock - Co-pilot, 429th Sqn 2nd BG

Maj. Charles Clapp - 96th Sqn 2nd BG - Observer

John Moorman

Colonel John D Moorman was assigned to the 301st BG 301st HQ.
Military Occupational Specialty (MOS): Comanding Officer - 301st BG.

Celebration for the 200th mission for the 2nd BG, May 17, 1944. The mission was to Bihac, Yugoslavia

The following information on John Moorman is gathered and extracted from military records. We have many documents and copies of documents, including military award documents. It is from these documents that we have found this information on Colonel Moorman. These serviceman's records are nowhere near complete and we are always looking for more material. If you can help add to John Moorman's military record please contact us.

  Rank General Order Date Notes Award Ribbon & Device






Air Medal (AM)

John Moorman






Air Medal (AM) Oak Leaf Cluster (OLC)

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