SSgt John E Fanning

SSgt John E Fanning

Birth
Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 30 Jun 1943 (aged 20)
At Sea
Memorial Site* Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines

* A structure erected in honor of someone whose remains lie elsewhere.

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Having actually gone "Missing" on the above date, he was not officially declared by the military as being dead until January 21, 1946.

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John served as a Staff Sergeant and Radio Operator on B-24D (#42-40254), 370th Bomber Squadron, 307th Bomber Group, Heavy, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

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

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on January 12, 1942 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He was noted as being employed as a mechanic and also as Single, without dependents.

John was declared "Missing In Action" when his B-24 did not return to base after a ship searching mission during the war. It is believed that they were shot down by 251st Kōkūtai J1N1 Irving piloted by Satoru Ono.

He was awarded the Air Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Cluster and the Purple Heart.

Service # 13047851

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Airmen who perished on B-24D #42-40254:

Adelman, Seymour L ~ S/Sgt, Engineer, NJ
Avery, James O ~ Sgt, Gunner, LA
Bullock, Gordon P ~ Pfc, Gunner, CA
Fanning, John E ~ S/Sgt, Radio Operator, PA
Foss, Richard M ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, IL
Furtwangler, Robert N ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, MI
Graff, Leonard R ~ 1st Lt, Bombardier, NY
Guiberson, Nathaniel G, Jr ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, TX
Scamman, George E ~ 2nd Lt, Navigator, ME
Ventura, Robert J ~ S/Sgt, Tail Gunner, TX

( Bio & Crew Report by: Russ Pickett )

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  • Maintained by: MAJ Jimmy Cotton
  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 56767293
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for SSgt John E Fanning (3 Dec 1922–30 Jun 1943), Find a Grave Memorial no. 56767293, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by MAJ Jimmy Cotton (contributor 48803557) .