|Death: ||Jun. 9, 1944, Germany|
John served as a Sergeant and Aerial Gunner on B-24J (#44-40479) "Hogan's Hellcats", 758th Bomber Squadron, 459th Bomber Group, Heavy, Fifteenth Air Force, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.
He resided in Missouri prior to the war.
John was "Killed In Action" over Otzenbiehl, Germany when his B-24J was hit by German Flax and crashed during the war. 9 out of the 10 crew members were killed on this flight, only one survived.
He was originally interred in France and was later repatriated here on March 28, 1950. John was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.
Service # 17133510
The other's killed on this flight include:
Anderson, Robert L., Sgt, Gunner, South Carolina
Beam, Lydon H., Jr., 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, Ohio
Beggs, Robert B., Sgt, Gunner, Wisconsin
Draper, Clinton M., Sgt, Gunner, Utah
Jensen, William S., S/Sgt, Gunner, Missouri
Knott, Arthur H., FO, Bombardier, New York
Michaels, Walter H., 2nd Lt, Pilot, Pennsylvania
Russell, Benjamin J., Jr., Sgt, Radio-Op, Delaware
The only survivor of this flight was:
Brosky, Leonard, 2nd Lt, Navigator, Pennsylvania, POW
Leonard's hand-written note about the crash reads as follows:
"We dropped bombs and I think about 5 seconds later we went into a spin. I saw the Pilot, Co-Pilot, and Engineer try too leave their seats. I was navigating from the flight deck and using the Radio Operator's table. After my chute opened I looked for other chutes but did not see them. I heard from a gunner in a ship in front of us and the same Sqdn that it blew up in the vicinity of Munich. I don't even remember how my chute opened.
(Bio & Story by: Russell S. "Russ" Pickett)
Note: Entered the Service from Missouri.
Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial
Departement des Vosges
Plot: Tablets Of The Missing
Created by: CWGC/ABMC
Record added: Aug 07, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 56371013
NARA records list this soldiers Home of Record as Boone County, Missouri...Finding Of Death...Your service and sacrifice must never be forgotten.|
Added: Jun. 30, 2015
Awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart|
Added: Feb. 10, 2015
Added: Sep. 8, 2014
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