|Birth: ||Apr. 29, 1919|
|Death: ||Nov. 10, 1943|
John Edward Dwyer was born in April 28, 1919 in Elkton, Maryland, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Weaver. His mother later moved to Chester, Pennsylvania.
John attended the Church Farm School in Frazer, Pennsylvania, beginning his residence there. He was popularly known as "Mickey" in school, and played forward on the basketball team, and tackle on the football team. John was also sprinter and weight man on the track team. He was said to be the schools best farmer.
John overcame several illnesses. He had Measles, Mumps, Chicken Pox, and Scarlet Fever while staying at school, but he successfully recovered from them all. According to the yearbook, he was the portliest and most jovial of his class.
John graduated on June 4, 1937. After graduation, he assisted in the dairy program at the school and a few years later obtained employment at Abbott Dairies.
Flying Eight Balls Insignia John enlisted in the Army Air Forces on his 22nd birthday – April 28, 1941. He spent a number of months training as an aviation mechanic on B-24 Liberator bombers at MacDill Field in Florida. After training his unit - 44th Bomb Group, Heavy – ‘The Flying Eight Balls' - flew antisubmarine patrols in the Caribbean. His group was shipped overseas to England, flying missions against occupied France and Germany. Later his unit was sent to North Africa.
During his service in North Africa, he contracted an unknown disease which reduced his weight from 210 pounds to 110 pounds. Despite hospitalization, he never recovered. He died on November 11, 1943, Armistice Day.
John was buried at St. Paul's Cemetery in Glen Lock, Pennsylvania.
All graduates of the Church Farm School class of 1937 served in the military.
Note: According to the 44th Bomb Group Web Site, John Dwyer's unit participated in the air raid on the Ploesti Oil Fields in Romania.
*Biography Courtesy Chester County Hall Of Heroes http://webapps.chesco.org/heroes/dwyer/dwyer.htm
Information obtained from Dan Lindley
Daily Local News, West Chester, Pa.
November 13, 1943
Sergeant John E. Dwyer, an alumnus of Church Farm School at Glen Loch, died on Thursday in a hospital in San Francisco, and his body is being shipped to West Chester for interment in St. Paul's Cemetery, Glen Loch.
Sergeant Dwyer was a son of Mrs. Harvey Weaver, of Chester, and had been in the service for two years, serving in Southwest Africa. He had contracted an insidious disease from the effects of which he was reduce in weight from 210 pounds to 110.
He had been a student at the Church Farm School for seven or eight years, graduating in the Class of 1937. All of the members of that class are serving in the armed forces of the United States.
Following his graduation, Dwyer assisted with the dairy at the school, and was later employed for two years with the Abbott Dairies.
The body is scheduled to arrive in West Chester on Tuesday morning next.
Saint Pauls Episcopal Church Cemetery
Maintained by: Nancy Caruthers Karns
Originally Created by: Gina Reardon-Gaddis
Record added: Nov 11, 2007
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