|Birth: ||Feb. 26, 1916|
Marysville (Union County)
|Death: ||Dec. 10, 1943|
John was the son of John Lawrence Porter, II and Rita (Hawley) Porter of Marysville, Union County, OH. He was the husband of Jane S. Porter. He graduated from Marysville High School (Class of 1934) along with one of his crew mates, Staff Sgt Harold W Neibler (Class of 1936) who died in the same plane crash.
John grew up in Marysville, surrounded by a notable family that at the time was in decline as the trappings of wealth softened his parents generation. His father rarely worked and racked up a debt during the depression which impacted his sons and put a dark mark on his maternal and paternal surnames.
Despite this, John and his cousins enjoyed the success of his great grandparents on both sides, hunting and playing on the significant lands owned on either side of the family. His family life was such that after graduating H.S., he took to the rails to see the USA, having adventures such as working on Boulder Dam, fights with hobos, one of which left him a large scar on his chest and taking him to Hollywood before he returned home much to the relief of his family.
John joined the Army Air Corps 22 Nov 1940 at Fort Thomas Newport, Kentucky as an Aviation Cadet. He attained the rank of Captain, served with the India China Wing Air Transport Command.
Captain Porter, a Pilot with more than 2,250 flight hours followed with an effort to establish a permanent Search & Rescue Squadron for missing air crews over the Hump.
With the exception of Lt James Spain, Porter several other crew members were killed 10 December 1943 (Porter's second wedding anniversary) when his plane crashed near Chabua, Assam, India. For his service John was the recipient of the Purple Heart, Air Medal and Distinguished Flying Cross.
John's brother Lt. George W. Porter (74870629) also died during WWII in North Africa.
The site of the crash was located in late 2011 by the team from miarecoveries.org. Hopefully the US Government will work to retrieve the remains of Capt. Porter and his crew from this site in the future. JPAC really needs to address these issues while there is still some next of kin left to rejoice at the homecoming of these lost heroes.
(Thanks to member B24CoPilotNiece for portions of this bio and for many additional resources and hard work!)
Additional Memorial for Capt. Porter-56765901
Other Crew Members in "Blackie's Gang"
56777975-SSgt Harry Tucker
81064095-LTC James Spain
56765832-SSgt Walter Oswalt
56765783-Sgt Harold Neibler
55922935-Maj Ralph Dewsnup
John Lawrence Porter (1891 - 1963)
Rita Hawley Porter (1893 - 1985)
Ellen Jane Smith Watson (1919 - 2010)
John Lawrence Porter (1916 - 1943)
John Lawrence Porter (1916 - 1943)*
George Wellsley Porter (1920 - 1943)*
Marysville (Union County)
Plot: Section M Lot 138-SEĽ
GPS (lat/lon): 40.24321, -83.39474
Created by: Scott Hawley
Record added: Aug 13, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 74854237