Sgt John W Schmitt

Kentucky, USA
Death 22 May 1944 (aged 21–22)
Chimbu (Simbu), Papua New Guinea
Burial Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines
Plot D Row 12 Grave 174
Memorial ID 56785316 View Source
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John served as a Sergeant & Gunner on F-7A "Under Exposed" #42-73052, 20th Combat Mapping Squadron, 6th Photographic Group, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Franklin County, Washington prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on November 14, 1942 at Camp Blanding, Florida. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Manager and also as Single, without dependents.

F-7A #42-73052 took off, with a crew of 11 and 2 other F-7As, from Nadzab Airfield, Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea on a combat mapping mission over Padaidori Island Group, Biak, Numfor Regency, Papua Province, Indonesia.

Shortly after takeoff they crashed, for an unknown reason, into Mount Wilhelm, Chimbu Province, Papua New Guinea. The entire crew was lost in this crash.

John was "Killed In Action" in this crash during the war.

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 14085521

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Airmen who perished on F-7A #42-73052:

Barstow, Loren G ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, MI
Boudreaux, Stephen J, Jr ~ Sgt, Gunner, LA
Connor, Jack S ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, WA
Degollado, Luis ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, TX
Diamond, Leonard ~ Sgt, Photographer, CT
Dick, George ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, PA
Harvey, George M ~ Sgt, Gunner, PA
Maillie, Edwin P ~ S/Sgt, Engineer, IA
Puck, Douglas H ~ 2nd Lt, Navigator, MN
Schmitt, John W ~ Sgt, Gunner, WA
Valentine, Harold M ~ S/Sgt, Radio Operator, LA

( Bio & Crew Report by: Russ Pickett )



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