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Lieut John E Bush

Lieut John E Bush

Lowville, Lewis County, New York, USA
Death 26 Mar 1990 (aged 73)
Watertown, Jefferson County, New York, USA
Burial Lowville, Lewis County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 75443620 · View Source
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308th BG 373rd B Sq

He was the son of Louis and Ardell Lallier Bush.

While on a combat mission over interior China to Bangkok, Thailand, this crew bailed out of B-24J #42-72835 'Flamingo II/For Sale' of the 308th BG, 373rd B Sq, although there were several different crew members on board that day. All bailed out safely, however, Pilot Major Thorel 'Skip' Johnson reported that they 'were twenty-one days walking back to [their] base'. Lieutenant Kirkland as a Navigator was a replacement with the crew that day.

As told by SSgt Gail Vanlandingham, they made it back by living off the land. Sgt Braydon Hassinger's widow Faye tells that all of the crew members had words written in Chinese sewn onto their jackets, saying they were friendly in case they went down. At one point some of the local Chinese assisted them with necessities.

Major Thorel 'Skip' Johnson was one of the most decorated airmen of WWII, and piloted B-24 #? the ‘Nip Nipper' of the 308th BG, 373rd B Sq. In all, the regular crew members experienced two bailouts, the first was in B-24E #42-7011 'The Eddie Rickenbacker'. Another plane, B-24E #42-7160 followed this plane on a search and rescue mission for the two airmen that bailed out over the Pacific, and the Instructor Pilot was Lieutenant Douglas J Thornburg, who was one of four survivors who bailed out of B-24E #42-7119 that crashed three weeks earlier. B-24E #42-7160 descended in heavy developing fog, and crashed head-on into Green Mountain on San Miguel Island, one of the three Channel Islands.

'Skip' Johnson's crew named their next plane B-24D #42-40837 ‘Bob ‘N Pete' after the two that were lost at sea, Lt Peter Dannhardt and Lt Robert Prosser.

JOHN E. BUSH, LOWVILLE, DIES AT AGE OF 73: Newspaper Obituary and Death Notice

Watertown Daily Times (NY) - March 27, 1990


John E. Bush, 73, Lewis County Extended Care Facility, died at 7:25 p.m. Monday in the House of the Good Samaritan, Watertown, where he had been a patient since March 16.
A funeral Mass will be said at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Peter's Catholic Church, with the Rev. Bernard Christman, pastor, officiating. Spring burial will be in Lowville Rural Cemetery.
There will be no calling hours. Arrangements are with the Virkler Percoski-Miller Funeral Home.
Surviving are his wife, Eleanor; a brother, Louis, Lowville, and a sister, Mrs. Grace Foote, Lowville.
Three brothers, Allen, Nelson and Loren Bush, and a sister, Mrs. Mary Gates, died before him.
Born in Lowville Nov. 29, 1916, son of Louis and Ardell Lallier Bush, he was graduated from Lowville Academy and Central School in 1934, and from Hamilton College, Clinton, in 1939.
Mr. Bush served in the Air Force from 1941 to 1945. He was commissioned a first lieutenant in April 1944, and was awarded the Flying Cross. He was reported missing over Burma in February 1944 and had to walk for 21 days to reach his home base.
He married Eleanor Gillette June 23, 1962, in St. Mary's Catholic Church, Constableville.
Mr. Bush owned and operated Louis Bush & Sons for many years, and bought Lowville Feed and Grain in 1958. He retired in 1978.
He was a member of the Lowville Elks Lodge, Lowville American Legion, Lowville Veterans of Foreign Wars and Mount Tom Hunting Club near Chases Lake.
Edition: Final
Page: 28
Copyright (c) 1990 Watertown Daily Times

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