U.S. 8th Army Air Force Staff Sergeant John J. O’Neil was the waist gunner on the first B-17 to release its bombs on Berlin on March 4, 1944. It was John, who after reconnecting with Marshall and George at an 8th Army air Force reunion, became involved in their project. He completed "Bombs Away by Pathfinders of the Eighth Air Force" in their memory and published it with his family-owned publishing company.
John was born in Malden, Massachusetts on February 13, 1923. He entered the service on July 3, 1941, and was assigned to Grenier Field, Manchester, NH. He arrived in Scotland on January 12, 1943 and was sent to the 4th Fighter Group.