2Lt John Steel McConnon

2Lt John Steel McConnon

Birth
Wilkinsburg, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 10 Aug 1944 (aged 23)
Berat, Berat, Albania
Burial Florence, Città Metropolitana di Firenze, Toscana, Italy
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Memorial ID 56365261 · View Source
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" John's remains have been recovered. "

A "Rosette" was placed in front of his name here at Florence to signify that his remains were recovered. It is currently unknown where he is interred.


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Son of Mrs. Myra McConnon who resided in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

John served as a Second Lieutenant & Navigator on B-24J #42-64373, 513rd Bomber Squadron, 376th Bomber Group, Heavy, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania prior to the war.

B-24J #42-64373 took off from San Pancrazio, Italy on a bombing mission over Unirea, Romania. After a successful bombing run B-24J #42-64373 got off course on the way back to their base and flew over a small airfield near Berat, Albania where they were hit by ground anti-aircraft fire and crashed near Berat during the war.

John was declared "Missing In Action" on this mission.

He was awarded the Air Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster and the Purple Heart.

Service # O-716501

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Airmen who perished on B-24J #42-64373:

Bock, Donald L ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, IA
Cloer, George R ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, WY
Greene, Walter C ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, OH
McConnon, John S ~ 2nd Lt, Navigator, PA
Shaffner, Wayne O ~ T/Sgt, Engineer, IL
Wilkins, Russell H ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, TN

1st Lt. John B. Metcalf (Bombardier), T/Sgt. Charles P. McKeague (Radio Operator), S/Sgt. William F. Trentzsch (Gunner), and S/Sgt. Frederick R. Petitt (Gunner) all survived the crash and became POW's.

( Bio & Crew Report by: Russ Pickett )

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2 LT 513 BOMB SQ 376 BOMB GP(H) PA


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  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 7 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 56365261
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 2Lt John Steel McConnon (16 Nov 1920–10 Aug 1944), Find a Grave Memorial no. 56365261, citing Florence American Cemetery and Memorial, Florence, Città Metropolitana di Firenze, Toscana, Italy ; Maintained by War Graves (contributor 6) .