SSgt John E. McDermott

SSgt John E. McDermott

Death 8 Jan 1945
At Sea
Burial Florence, Città Metropolitana di Firenze, Toscana, Italy
Plot Tablets Of The Missing ~ Army / Air Force
Memorial ID 56365275 · View Source
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John served as a Staff Sergeant & Gunner on B-24 #42-95285, 512th Bomber Squadron, 376th Bomber Group, Heavy, U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II.

He resided in Illinois prior to the war.

B-24 #42-95285, with a crew of 11, was one of 28 B-24's that took off on mission #395 which was a raid on Lintz, Austria. On the way back from the mission B-24 #42-95285 experienced a mechanical failure which was believed to be due to anti-aircraft fire over the target and ditched into the Adriatic Sea. " 7 " of the crew survived, " 3 " of the crew were "MIA", and one later died of wounds (DOW).

John was declared "Missing In Action" in this ditching during the war.

He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

Service # 36961968

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )

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Airmen who perished on B-24 #42-95285:

Harden, Gerald L. ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, MD ~ "MIA"
Holt, Jack D. ~ T/Sgt, Radio Operator, WA ~ "MIA"
McDermott, John E. ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, IL ~ "MIA"
Messing, Gerard ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, NY ~ "DOW"

( Crew Report by: Russ Pickett )





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