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SSGT John Franklin Gordon

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SSGT John Franklin Gordon

Birth
Sugar Grove, Fairfield County, Ohio, USA
Death
11 May 1944 (aged 21)
At Sea
Burial
Coton, South Cambridgeshire District, Cambridgeshire, England
Plot
Tablets of the Missing
Memorial ID
56290145 View Source

Having actually gone "Missing" on the above date, John was not officially declared by the military as being dead until May 12, 1945, 1 year and 1 day after he went missing as was the custom.

John served as a Staff Sergeant & Left Waist Gunner on B-24H "Merchant of Venice" #41-28664, 785th Bomber Squadron, 466th Bomber Group, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Fairfield County, Ohio prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on November 9, 1942 Fort Thomas, Newport, Kentucky. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Shipping and receiving clerk and also as Single, without dependents.

John was declared "Missing In Action" when his B-24 was hit by German flak and crashed in western France during the war.

He was awarded the Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters and the Purple Heart.

Service # 35508372

( Bio by: Russell S. "Russ" Pickett )

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Airmen who perished on
B-24H #41-28664:


Akens, Ernest L ~ S/Sgt, Tail Gunner, AR
Bailey, Carl E ~ 2nd Lt, Bombardier, WA
Copley, Burnis ~ S/Sgt, Right Waist Gunner, WV
Dwyer, William R ~ 1st Lt, Navigator, CT
Gordon, John F ~ S/Sgt, Left Waist Gunner, OH
Johnson, James H ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, CA
Kaushep, Otto M ~ T/Sgt, Radio Operator, PA
Kent, William R ~ T/Sgt, Top Turret Gunner, NY
MacDonald, John C ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, NY
Mullins, James D ~ 2nd Lt, Navigator, TX
Poulos, James A ~ Cpl, Ball Turret Gunner, CA

( Crew Report by: Russell S. "Russ" Pickett )

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Having actually gone "Missing" on the above date, John was not officially declared by the military as being dead until May 12, 1945, 1 year and 1 day after he went missing as was the custom.

John served as a Staff Sergeant & Left Waist Gunner on B-24H "Merchant of Venice" #41-28664, 785th Bomber Squadron, 466th Bomber Group, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Fairfield County, Ohio prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on November 9, 1942 Fort Thomas, Newport, Kentucky. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Shipping and receiving clerk and also as Single, without dependents.

John was declared "Missing In Action" when his B-24 was hit by German flak and crashed in western France during the war.

He was awarded the Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters and the Purple Heart.

Service # 35508372

( Bio by: Russell S. "Russ" Pickett )

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Airmen who perished on
B-24H #41-28664:


Akens, Ernest L ~ S/Sgt, Tail Gunner, AR
Bailey, Carl E ~ 2nd Lt, Bombardier, WA
Copley, Burnis ~ S/Sgt, Right Waist Gunner, WV
Dwyer, William R ~ 1st Lt, Navigator, CT
Gordon, John F ~ S/Sgt, Left Waist Gunner, OH
Johnson, James H ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, CA
Kaushep, Otto M ~ T/Sgt, Radio Operator, PA
Kent, William R ~ T/Sgt, Top Turret Gunner, NY
MacDonald, John C ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, NY
Mullins, James D ~ 2nd Lt, Navigator, TX
Poulos, James A ~ Cpl, Ball Turret Gunner, CA

( Crew Report by: Russell S. "Russ" Pickett )

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