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Lieut John S. Hancock
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Birth: Apr. 23, 1920
Coal County
Oklahoma, USA
Death: Nov. 1, 1942, Papua New Guinea

Hancock's parents died when he was young, leaving him and his siblings to be raised by his aunt and his grandmother. He graduated from Haileyville High School and Eastern Oklahoma A&M College.

He was the pilot of B-17E #41-2635, assigned to the 5th Air Force, 19th Bombardment Group, 30th Bombardment Squadron.

They were one of a group of six planes that took off from Seven Mile aerodrome near Port Moresby on a night mission to bomb Japanese shipping in Tonolei Harbor, but Hancock's plane disappeared on the way to the target and the crew was officially declared dead in 1945. Because of that he is listed on the Tablets of the Missing at the Manila American Cemetery in the Philippines.

In 1999 the plane's wreckage was discovered where it struck a mountain near Alotau, Papua New Guinea. The crew's remains were recovered and Hancock is interred in a group burial in Arlington National Cemetery. There is also a burial plot for him at Memory Gardens in McAlester Oklahoma.

He received the Silver Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Purple Heart, the Air Medal, the American Defense Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, the WW II Victory Medal, the Presidential Unit Citation and the Philippine Republic Presidential Citation.

His remains were found and buried in Memory Gardens, Oklahoma. There is also a memorial at Manila American Cemetery and Memorial.
Note: US ARMY, Date interred: 4/28/2005
Arlington National Cemetery *
Arlington County
Virginia, USA
Plot: Section 60 Site 8245
*Cenotaph [?]
Created by: Hope
Record added: Aug 25, 2006
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Lieut John S. Hancock
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Lieut John S. Hancock
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