Lieut John A Quaid

Lieut John A Quaid

Death 23 Jun 1944 (aged 30)
Caen, Departement du Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France
Burial Reno, Washoe County, Nevada, USA
Plot Oak Lawn
Memorial ID 55889504 · View Source
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John A. Quaid was a 1st Lt, and Platoon Leader in Company H, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR), 82nd Airborne Division.

He was initially listed as Missing In Action on D-Day, June 6, 1944. His remains were later recovered and his official date of death was determined to be June 23, 1944.

According to the personal diary of Lt Ralph DeWeese, also of the 508th PIR, he had been watching Lt Quaid's plane fromn his aircraft as they approached the Normandy drop zone. "[Quaid's plane] was in a hot-spot due to the fact the tabs had blown off the [equipment] bundle lights [slung under the aircraft belly] and [the bundle lights] had come on. That left the plane a target in the sky and everything was zeroed in on him. I thought for sure that they were going to get it."

DeWeese contined, "We circled over Etiennville three times and I knew the planes were lost. You can imagine how anxious we were to jump because I knew we couldn't fly around much longer without getting hit.

The flak and machine gun fire was worse and it is hard to realise how those planes can fly through it. I was watching Quaid's plane and saw some men jump".

Later Deweese apparently learned that "Lt. Quaid had raided a pill box and the Germans had surrendered and were coming out with their hands up. The fourth came out firing a smizer [sub-machinegun] and killed him."


1 Lt 508 Prcht Inf 82 Abn Div
World War II

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  • Created by: Dick ODonnell
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  • Find a Grave Memorial 55889504
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Lieut John A Quaid (4 Oct 1913–23 Jun 1944), Find a Grave Memorial no. 55889504, citing Mountain View Cemetery, Reno, Washoe County, Nevada, USA ; Maintained by Dick ODonnell (contributor 46951262) .