John Whitin Lasell

John Whitin Lasell

Birth
Whitinsville, Worcester County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 1 Dec 1943 (aged 46)
Rangoon, Yangon Region, Myanmar
Burial Lemay, St. Louis County, Missouri, USA
Plot SECTION 79 SITE 449C-E
Memorial ID 41119626 · View Source
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CAPT, 493 AAF BOMB SQ, 7 BOMB GP WORLD WAR II

He attended the Hotchkiss School, followed by Williams College, where he graduated in the class of 1920. He played on the football teams at both schools.

John Whitin Lasell's family was part of the extended "Whitin" family for whom the village of Whitinsville Massachusetts is named. Unlike many Whitin progeny who worked in the family manufacturing business, John Whitin Lasell gravitated instead to a career of public service. Said to be "extremely popular" with the townspeople of Whitinsville, he was elected town selectmen, then state representative, and rose to the rank of Captain in the United State Army. He was a pilot in World War I with the 354th Aero Squadron, 6th Observation Group and felt morally impelled to volunteer his services to the U.S. Army Air Forces as an Observer in World War II.

Captain Lasell was flying as an observer on B-24J #42-73159, nicknamed 'Tough Baba', serving with the 10th Air Force. They were part of a formation of B-24s on a bombing mission to Insein, Burma, near Rangoon. Fierce enemy opposition of anti-aircraft fire and fighter planes was encountered. Before reaching the target the plane was hit by A-A and the right wing was smoking badly as the ship dropped and slid off in a banking turn to the right. Between eight and ten enemy fighters began attacking the disabled ship. The plane dropped about 3000-6000 feet before bursting into flames and exploding.


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  • Created by: ShaneO
  • Added: 25 Aug 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 41119626
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Whitin Lasell (30 Nov 1897–1 Dec 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 41119626, citing Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, St. Louis County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by ShaneO (contributor 47009366) .