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1Lt John Wesley Bixby

1Lt John Wesley Bixby

Birth
New York, USA
Death 1 Dec 1942 (aged 25)
Burial Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines
Plot Tablets of the Missing
Memorial ID 56751099 · View Source
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Having officially gone "Missing In Action" on the above date, He was not officially declared as being dead by the military until January 7, 1946.

Son of Percival G. and Edith (Wesley) Bixby.

John served as a First Lieutenant & Co-Pilot on B-17E "Miss Carriage" (#41-2645), 64th Bomber Squadron, 43rd Bomber Group, Heavy, U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II.

He resided in Buffalo, Erie County, New York prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on November 12, 1941, prior to the war, in Buffalo, New York. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Architect and also as Single, without dependents.

John was declared "Missing In Action" when his B-17 failed to return to its base after a reconnaissance mission over Buna and Gasmata during the war. John was advanced to First Lieutenant, Air Corps Reserve, posthumously on 3 July 1945. He was awarded a Purple Heart.

Service # O-790612

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Airmen who perished on B-17E #41-2645:

Andrews, James H ~ Sgt, North Carolina
Bixby, John W 1st Lt, Co-Pilot, New York
Carr, Henry G ~ 1st Lt, Oregon
Crowell, Charles R ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, Illinois
Davis, Glenn H ~ Sgt, New York
French, Frank C, Jr ~ M/Sgt, Colorado
Kerley, Herbert L ~ S/Sgt, Tennessee
Kettner, Raymond F ~ Corp, New York
Martin, William F ~ T/Sgt, Massachusetts

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

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  • Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56751099
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 1Lt John Wesley Bixby (29 Jun 1917–1 Dec 1942), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56751099, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by CWGC/ABMC (contributor 6) .