Maj John L. “Jack” Armstrong

Maj John L. “Jack” Armstrong

Birth
Orange County, California, USA
Death 5 Sep 1954 (aged 32)
Ohio, USA
Burial Fullerton, Orange County, California, USA
Plot East Lawn
Memorial ID 123660458 · View Source
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Major John Armstrong was a fighter pilot during World War II, flying Lockheed P-38 Lightnings and North American P-51 Mustangs with the 79th Fighter Squadron, based at RAF Kings Cliffe, Northamptonshire, England. On 28 August 1944, his P-51 was shot down by anti-aircraft gunfire while he was attacking a railway locomotive in Germany. Armstrong was captured and held at Stalag Luft I.

3 September 1954: At the Dayton Air Show, being held at the James M. Cox Municipal Airport, Major John L. ("Jack") Armstrong, U.S. Air Force, flew his North American Aviation F-86H-1-NA Sabre, 52-1998, to a World Speed Record over a 500 kilometer course, averaging 649.461 miles per hour. He died two days later when his plane broke apart in flight while attempting to set another record.


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  • Created by: Lesa Pfrommer
  • Added: 18 Jan 2014
  • Find A Grave Memorial 123660458
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Maj John L. “Jack” Armstrong (19 Jul 1922–5 Sep 1954), Find A Grave Memorial no. 123660458, citing Loma Vista Memorial Park, Fullerton, Orange County, California, USA ; Maintained by Lesa Pfrommer (contributor 46527276) .