Missing in Action Berlin 19/5/44 with Marion Reid, Co-pilot: Lew Carter, Navigator: Roger Tessier, Bombardier: Stan Duffield, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Lee Kieffer, Radio Operator: John Boone, Ball turret gunner: Ludwig Huth, Waist gunner: Jim Kalahar, Waist gunner: Dick Brennan,Tail gunner: Willard Christensen, obs-T/Sgt John Davis (11 Killed in Action); hit by bombs from 42-97791 (94BG) above knocking off left horizontal stabilizer, then wing broke off as it spun to earth, crashed Oderbergerstrasse, Berlin, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 4946. MISS DONNA MAE.
Source: Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log*
U.S. Army Air Forces Technical Sergeant John Baillie Davis
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
May 28, 1923 – May 19, 1944
Killed in Action over Berlin, Germany
John Baillie Davis was born on May 28, 1923, in Duluth, Minnesota, to Deane and Marjorie Davis.
In October of 1941, John Davis entered active service in the US Army Air Corps at Ft. Snelling, Minnesota.
On May 19, 1944, Technical Sergeant John Baillie Davis was killed in action in a bombing mission over Berlin, Germany.
John Davis is buried at Plot B, Row 41, Grave 6, Ardennes American Cemetery, Neupre, Belgium. He was awarded the Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters and the Purple Heart.
Information for this entry was provided by an application for a SD veteran's bonus payment, a newspaper clipping, and by information graciously provided by John's brother, Don Davis, Sioux Falls, who was a member of the 80th Infantry Division and a POW at Stalag VIIA in Moosburg, Bavaria, from September 27, 1944, until the end of the war.
Entered the service from South Dakota.