Having actually gone "Missing" on the above date, he was not officially declared by the military as being dead until December 4, 1945.
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John served as a Sergeant & Gunner on B-26 #40-1402, 2nd Bomber Squadron, 22nd Bomber Group, Medium, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.
He resided in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania prior to the war.
He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on August 16, 1940, prior to the war, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed in the manufacture of automobiles and also as Single, without dependents.
B-26 #40-1402 took off, with a crew of 7, from Port Moresby, National Capital District, Papua New Guinea on a bombing and strafing mission over a Japanese base near Deboyne Island, Miline Bay Province, Papua New Guinea.
Over the target they were possibly shot down by ground anti-aircraft fire and crashed into the sea near Deboyne Island.
John was declared "Missing In Action" on this mission during the war.
He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.
Service # 13005409
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Airmen who perished on B-26 #40-1402:
Cleveland, Samuel T ~ 1st Lt, Bombardier, NY
Domville, Thomas C ~ 1st Lt, Co-Pilot, IL
Evans, John W ~ Sgt, Gunner, PA
Knauer, Herman E ~ 1st Lt, Navigator, MO
Ostroff, Frank ~ S/Sgt, Engineer, PA
Royall, Richard R, Jr ~ Capt, Pilot, TX
Zajewski, Stanley A ~ Corp, Radio Operator, PA
( Bio & Crew Report by: Russ Pickett )